Babies will require routine vaccinations from 2 months of age onwards. The routine vaccinations offered are important for the child’s health because they will protect them from a variety of serious diseases such as measles, mumps, polio and some bacterial infections that can cause meningitis as well as others.
To find more information about the routine vaccination schedule please speak to your midwife or GP, or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/childhood-vaccines-timeline/
Young Child and School-aged Flu Vaccination
For more information visit the Flu Fighters web page here.
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
In the autumn, the vaccine is available for free for children in the following categories:
- children aged 2 and 3 on August 31st 2018 – that is, children born between September 1st 2014 and August 31st 2016
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
Your child's GP or school should contact you about getting them vaccinated before the winter.
The vaccine is given as a spray squirted once up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine. A video of the spray vaccine being administered can be seen below. The nasal spray flu vaccine has very few side effects – the most common side effect is getting a runny nose for a few days following vaccination.
To find out more about the Young Child and School-aged Flu Vaccination programme, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
Find out more about the flu vaccine here.