Toddlers being offered free flu vaccine

Dr Peter Wilczynski
Dr Peter Wilczynski

Parents of toddlers are being encouraged to arrange flu vaccinations for their children this winter.

For the first time two to three-year-olds can have the free nasal vaccine against the flu.

Already more than 2,500 children have had the vaccination in Northamptonshire, however many more are still eligible to have it.

Dr Darin Seiger, chairman of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Flu can be particularly dangerous for children. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection.

“Like all other parents of two to three-year-olds, I’m really keen that my three-year-old daughter remains as healthy as possible this winter, so I will be taking her this week to be vaccinated against the flu.

“I have no hesitation in strongly recommending that all other parents of two to three-year-old children contact their GP surgery to arrange for their child to be vaccinated.”

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman of NHS Corby Commissioning Group, said: “The vaccine is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free, the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.”

The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 18 who are at risk from flu, such as those with long-term health conditions including diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease.

If you would like your child to have the flu vaccine please contact your GP.