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Children's Flu Programme

Child receiving nasal flu vaccine
Child receiving nasal flu vaccine

Children's Flu Programme, aged 2 - 17 years, phased introduction*

Flu is a disease that spreads very rapidly, potentially causing widespread illness, especially in those who are already vulnerable because of their age or medical condition. If children are vaccinated against flu they will not only benefit themselves but having the vaccine will also reduce the spread of flu and protect others who are unable to have the vaccine themselves.

The vaccine which is being used for the children's programme is administered not by injection but in the form of a nasal spray.

*In 2013, children aged 2 and 3 years were offered the vaccine. In 2014, all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old are being offered the flu vaccine. (Children born on or after 2nd Sept 2009 to 1st September 2012.) In coming years, older children will also be offered the vaccine.

For more information, please see the NHS Choices website:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

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