Skip to main content

NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2/3 year olds

Update on NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2-3 year olds

It’s more important than ever for those who need it to get their flu vaccination, to help protect us all from the threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter.

All children aged 2 and 3 years old can have a free flu vaccine at their GP practice. The vaccine is usually given as a single painless spray squirted up the nose. The nasal spray used for children does contain a highly processed form of porcine gelatine which helps to keep the vaccine stable. We know this can be a barrier to some children receiving the vaccine. The decision to receive the nasal spray is up to individuals.

The NHS is now able to offer an alternative to families who prefer not to have the nasal spray. Parents of 2-3year olds can request an injected flu vaccine for their child at their GP practice. This injected vaccine does NOT contain gelatine.

For more information, have a look at the links below:

PHE Flu 5 reasons poster

Protecting child against flu leaflet

 

PDFs of the flu leaflet in a range of community languages are available here

Last Updated 23/11/2020

Share your feedback on this page

Please provide feedback on our website. Try to include any constructive suggestions for improvements and we will do our best to incorporate them.



rating button