Parents urged to ensure children get flu vaccine
The extension of the flu vaccination programme to all children in Northern Ireland will begin this autumn. This will initially see children aged two and three years old being offered the vaccine by their GPs, and Primary 6 children being offered vaccination by the school health service. All parents and guardians of eligible children are urged to take up this offer of free flu vaccination when the programme begins from 1 October.
The children’s flu programme will use a nasal spray vaccine. Children in at-risk groups, such as those with asthma, heart conditions or cerebral palsy, are already eligible to receive the flu vaccine from their own GP.
You can find out more about the vaccine programme at the page below:
Next year it is intended to offer the flu vaccine to all pre-school and primary school children, then from the autumn of 2015 to all children aged two to 16 inclusive.
School health service
The school health service within the Health and Social Care Trusts will be issuing letters to parents or guardians seeking their permission to vaccinate their children.
All parents to respond as quickly as possible to these letters and get their children vaccinated against the flu.
Seasonal flu can be a very serious illness, particularly for those in the at risk groups which is why we already offer vaccinations to these people.
Anyone in an at-risk group including pregnant women to take up the offer of vaccination whenever they are called by their GP.
The majority of vaccinations will be carried out during October and November in advance of the flu season, which normally begins by mid to late December.
More useful links
- Flu (health and well-being section)
- Flu vaccination (health and well-being section)
- Immunisation for children (health and well-being section)
- Find your local GP (health and well-being section)
- Find health services in your area (health and well-being section)
- Over 50s health and well-being (pensions and retirement planning section)
- Your child's health (parents section)
- Public Health Agency website