Flu vaccination for toddlers and pre-school children
All children aged 2 years on 1 September up to primary school age are now offered the flu vaccine through their GP.
If your child turns 2 years after 1 September but still during the flu season and you would like them to get the flu vaccine, just ask you GP.
In addition, young children aged 6 months to 2 years in the at risk groups below are offered the flu vaccine, but this must be given by injection for those under 2 years of age.
Children with the following conditions are considered at risk:
- a chronic chest condition such as asthma
- a chronic heart condition
- chronic liver disease
- chronic kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer therapy (people living in the same house as someone with lowered immunity may also need to be vaccinated)
- a chronic neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a condition that affects the nervous system, such as cerebral palsy
- any other serious medical condition (check with a GP if unsure).
Other children who are at risk:
- children who have previously been admitted to hospital with a chest infection
- children attending schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties.