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.

This vaccine can usually be given by a simple, painless nasal spray.

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
  • diabetes
  • 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.

More information can be found in this leaflet about flu vaccination for toddlers and pre-school children.