The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of seasonal influenza that the World Health Organization (WHO) specifies as the most likely to cause disease each year.
Flu can be very unpleasant for children and for adults. Children have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, aching muscles, headache, runny nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children can develop complications such as chest or ear infections, and spread the infection to others.
The vaccine is given to school aged children to lower the impact of flu; it means that there is a lower risk of passing flu on to other children. It also lessens the risk of some of our older, frail and at risk adults from catching Flu.
How is the nasal spray flu vaccine given?
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted 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.
The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.