Flu Nasal Spray

Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children. It can also lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. 

Recent data published by UKHSA has revealed that flu is circulating at higher levels than in previous winter seasons and the number of children being admitted to hospital for flu are highest in those aged under 5.

The nasal spray is safe and effective and offers the best protection for children aged two to 17 years. 

There is no current evidence to suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine given to children causes invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) disease. We know that children can become infected with Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infections and flu at the same time which can cause severe illness. Flu and other viruses may also increase the risk of developing iGAS, so we reinforce the recommendation that children who are eligible for influenza vaccination take up the offer. 

Children can catch and spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.

Even if your child had a flu vaccination last year, the type of flu can vary each winter, so it is recommended that they have the flu vaccine each year to boost their immunity.
In some instances, the flu vaccine injection can be offered if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable. 

If you have a child aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August 2022, or a child aged 6 months or over in an at risk group, please contact your GP Practice to arrange their free flu vaccine. 

If your child is at Primary School, please contact the local school-aged immunisation service.

For more information about the flu vaccine and eligibility, please visit the NHS Website

Published: Dec 16, 2022