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Children and the annual nasal flu vaccine

Annual nasal ​​flu vaccine for children​

The annual flu vaccine can help reduce your child's risk of getting flu over the winter months.​

The flu vaccine is:

  • given annually, as the flu virus changes and new virus strains can always emerge
  • currently being offered to pre-school children from age two years (on 31 October 2016)  and school age children (in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3) and children with a long-term medical condition
  • given as a single dose gently squirted up each nostril.​ Having the nasal flu vaccine is quick and painless and there's no injection involved 

Find out more about the vaccine and how it's given by watching these short videos.

Flu vaccine videos on the Share Good Times Not Flu website

Who the vaccine is for and where to get it

The flu vaccine is being offered to the following children:

Pre-school children (aged two, three and four years old)

The nasal flu vaccine will be offered to the following pre-school aged children:

​Age group​Where to get the vaccine​When to get the vaccine​How you'll be contacted

​2, 3 and 4 year olds

​Your GP surgery​During NovemberIn October, we'll be writing to parents / guardians of all children born between 31 August 2012 to 31 October 2014 that are registered with a Jersey GP.

If you don't receive a letter, but your child is in the eligible age group, make an appointment with your GP.

It will be free to get your child vaccinated. However, if​ you've been on the Island less than six months​ and don't have a health card, you may have to pay the health insurance contribution (up to £20.28). Check with your GP.​​​

The nasal flu vaccine can't be given to children under two years. ​

School age children (Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3)

The nasal flu vaccine will be offered to primary school children in the following year groups:

​Year group​Where to get the vaccine​When to get the vaccine​How you'll be contacted
  • Reception (aged four to five years)
  • Year One (aged five to six years) 
  • Year Two (aged six to seven years)
  • Year Three (aged seven to eight years)
​In school given by nurses​Nurses will be delivering the vaccine during OctoberYou'll receive a letter via your child's school ad​vising​ when the school nurses will be offering flu vaccine in your child's school

Over the next few years, it's hoped that the programme will be extended to include primary school children in older year groups.​​

Children with a long-term medical condition

It's recommended that your child has the annual flu vaccine if they have a long-term medical condition.

Where and what type of flu vaccine your child can have depends on their age. See the long-term conditions page for more information.

Adults and children with long-term medical conditions and the flu vaccine

Why children are being offered the ​flu vaccine​

Children are being offered the flu vaccine because:  ​​

  • flu can be very unpleasant for children and they can have the same symptoms as adults lasting up to a week. Symptoms include fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat
  • some children who get flu develop a very high fever or complications like bronchitis, pneumonia and painful ear infection. They may need hospital treatment
  • they're more likely to spread flu to other members of your family, especially pregnant women, babies and grandparents who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with flu 
  • After having the vaccine, your child will be protected against flu for the coming winter season 

​​Flu on NHS Choices website

Flu symptoms​​​

Nasal spray flu vaccine safety

The nasal spray flu vaccine is very safe and has been given to millions of children in other countries over the past decade.​

Children can’t get flu from the nasal spray. There are very few side effects. Some children may have a runny nose for a short time after having the nasal spray vaccine.

​Flu vaccine for children on the NHS choices website​​

Contact us

If you have any questions about the flu vaccine:

  • for pre-school age children and children with long-term medical conditions, talk to your GP
  • for school age children, contact the Immunisation Nurse Specialist on +44 (0) 1534 445790 or send an email

Email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist​

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