Is your child aged 2 or 3? The free flu nasal spray can protect your child

*Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015

Why flu vaccination is important for small children

Flu can be horrible for little children, and if they get it, they can easily spread it around the whole family.

Children with flu have the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, a stuffy nose, a dry cough, and a sore throat lasting up to a week.

Some children develop a very high fever or complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and a painful middle ear infection.

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to protect them against flu. It is given as a single spray up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free, the nasal spray is quick, painless, and just as effective as the injected flu vaccine.

Don't put it off – ask your GP about the free flu nasal spray for your child.

You always want the best for your child, which is why Martha and Elsie will be getting the free nasal spray. I knew I wanted them both vaccinated as it wouldn't be offered by the NHS if it wasn't important. I would encourage other parents to do what they think is right, but I would recommend the free nasal spray for children.

Victoria, 41

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If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

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