Flu Vaccine - December 2017

Get your child’s free flu vaccine now - don’t put it off

The flu vaccine is available for children aged two-to eight-years old, and for those over the age of six months with a long-term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease.

Flu can be really serious for children so listed below are six reasons why you should vaccinate your child against flu:

  • the vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia
  • flu spreads easily. Vaccinating your child will help protect any other children you have, friends and family against flu
  • no injection needed. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
  • the nasal spray has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  • if your child gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare
  • it’s free.

What should I do?

If your child is aged two or three (or was three on 31 August but is now four), book an appointment at your GP surgery as soon as possible.

If your child is in school (reception class up to Year 4), return your signed consent form to your school urgently or contact your local vaccine provider to arrange an appointment

barkinganddagenham@vaccinationuk.co.uk or 0203 432 1464

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu