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Children

All children aged two to 16 years old (school reception to Year 11) are offered a nasal spray flu vaccine to help protect them from flu.

Flu can be very unpleasant for children and some can develop serious complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Every year children in Wales need treatment in Intensive Care Units because of flu.


 IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR A FLU VACCINE?

  • children aged two and three years on 31 August 2021 are eligible
  • children in primary school from reception class to year 6 (inclusive) are also eligible
  • children in secondary school from Year 7 to Year 11 (inclusive) are also eligible
  • children with a long term heath condition aged 6 months and older

Children are usually offered the nasal spray vaccine which is a fine mist squirted up the nose. The nasal spray has a very good safety record and millions of doses have been given in the UK. 

Children from 6 months but under 2 years old with a long term health condition are offered a flu vaccine by injection.


ARE THERE ANY CHILDREN THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE A FLU VACCINE?

Children who are unwell with a high temperature should delay vaccination until they are feeling better. A runny nose, cough or other minor illness are not reasons to delay a flu vaccination.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for anyone who is:

  • Under two years of age
  • Aged 18 years of age or older
  • Pregnant
  • On long-term aspirin (salicylate) treatment
  • Taking steroid tablets (currently, or in the last two weeks)
  • In close contact with someone who has a severely weakened immune system (e.g. after a bone marrow transplant) and is being nursed in a protected environment

or for anyone who has:

  • Had a serious life-threatening allergic reaction to a flu vaccine (or any part of it)
  • A weakened immune system
  • A wheezy chest on the day of the vaccination or in the previous three days
  • Increased the use of their asthma inhalers in the previous three days

Children with asthma who need regular oral steroids or have needed intensive-care treatment for their asthma should be referred to a specialist for advice.


WHERE CAN MY CHILD HAVE THEIR FLU VACCINE?

Children aged two and three years old (age on 31 August 2021) will be given the nasal spray flu vaccine at their GP surgery. Please make sure you take up your appointment. 

Children in primary school (from reception class upwards) will usually be given their nasal spray flu vaccination at school.

Children in secondary school (Year 7 to Year 11) may receive their nasal spray flu vaccine at school, or may be asked to attend a vaccination centre. 

Children with a long term heath condition aged between 6 months and 2 years can have their flu vaccine at their GP surgery.