This year, two and three year olds are being offered a vaccine against flu.
Having the vaccine will help protect your child from what can be a very nasty illness and reduce the chance of others in your family getting it.
Why should my child have the flu vaccine?
- The vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is easy to give and painless.
- The vaccine contains weakened flu viruses to prevent them from causing flu, but allows your child to build up immunity, so if they come into contact with someone with flu they are unlikely to get ill.
- Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions.
- If your child gets flu they won't be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home, meaning you may need to take time off work.
- Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to others, in particular to grandparents, who may be particularly at risk to flu.
If your child is taking any of these medicines:
Cyclophosphamide Etanercept Infliximab (Enbrel)
Methotrexate Mycophenolate (MMF, CellCept, Myfortic)
Sulphasalazine Steroids Tocilizumab (RoActemra)
Could you please make this known to the nurse at your child's appointment as this may mean that the flu injection is recommended rather than the nasal spray.
Other people who should have the injection NOT the nasal spray are anyone who has; Egg allergy
Severe asthma (check with your Doctor or Nurse) Wheeze at the time the vaccine is due You have a condition which causes a reduction in your immunity High temperature
If you wish to discuss the vaccination further please contact the practice or speak to your health visitor. You can also find more information at NHS www.nhs.uk.
Please note: It is a legal requirement for the child’s mother to give consent for all vaccinations. If you are not able to attend with your child please can you contact the surgery to give details of the person you authorise to bring your child.