Winter is coming and so is the flu vaccine.
Flu, or influenza to give it its full name, is a virus that affects everyone, all year round. Yet there are always more cases in winter and young children are more at risk from it. That’s why in early autumn there is a flu vaccine programme in Wales.
Who can get this flu vaccine?
All children aged 2 and 3 years on 31st August 2016 will be offered the flu vaccine. You may have seen it called a flu jab but this vaccination is done via a nasal spray rather than an injection. This vaccine will be given in your GP surgery and can be given at the same time as other vaccines. Talk to your GP, health visitor, or practice nurse if you don’t hear anything or you want more information.
Children aged 4, 5, 6 and 7 will also be offered the flu vaccine, also nasally, but this will be done in school. Your school will send information and consent forms if they haven’t done so already.
So if your child is 2 or 3 it is done at your doctors. It will be done in school if they are in reception or years 1, 2 or 3. If you home-school your child, you will need to contact your GP for this vaccine. Check your child’s eligibility here if you’re not sure.
Flu vaccines are very safe and have been in use around the world over the last 10 years. Some children do however experience side effects including headaches and tiredness. It’s always your decision but the impact of influenza on young people outweighs the side effects. Vaccination also helps stop the spread of the flu to other members of your family. If you have any concerns, speak with your GP, health visitor or practice nurse. You can also visit beatflu.org. Also check Beat Flu on Facebook and Twitter (@BeatFlu).
Want to find out about services available to you and your child in your area? Would you like to chat about family matters in general? Then get in touch with the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline.
- Phone: 0300 222 57 57
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We are open 6pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday and 10am – 2pm Friday & Saturday.
Images: Beat Flu Facebook Page