Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children. It can last for several days or more causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat and aching muscles.
This can be worse for some children involving serious complications including painful ear infection, acute bronchitis and pneumonia requiring hospital treatment.
As part of the NHS’s Stay Well This Winter Campaign 2017/18, the flu vaccine is being offered to:
• Children aged two and three years
• Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
• Children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu
• All children of primary school age in some parts of the country (in former pilot areas)