The Flu vaccine and why your child should have it.
Flu can be very unpleasant for children causing fever, stuffy nose, coughing, sore throat, aching and extreme tiredness. This often lasts several days. Some children can get a very high fever but will not show other normal Flu symptoms. This may require a trip to the hospital for treatment. Further complications can include ear infection, bronchitis and pneumonia which can be severe.
The benefits of having the vaccine are that it will help prevent your child from contracting a very nasty illness and will reduce the chance of others in your family getting it. For most children the vaccine will be given as a nasal spray either by a healthcare professional. Older children may be given the option to do it themselves under supervision of the healthcare specialist. The nasal spray is quickly absorbed by the nose so even if your child sneezes after the spray, there’s no need to worry that it hasn't worked.
Side effects are uncommon but may include a runny or blocked nose, headache, general tiredness and a loss of appetite.
Children who are severely asthmatic, allergic to eggs, are currently or have been wheezy in the past week or has a condition that weakens their immune system should not have the nasal vaccine.