Is your child aged 2, 3 or 4? The free flu nasal spray can protect your child

*Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2014

Why flu vaccination is important

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. The vaccine 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.

Other things you can do

Keep your family warm. Your home should be at least 18C (65F). You may be eligible for financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating. See Keep Warm, Keep Well for details

It is so important that all children get the free flu vaccine. My son has had the nasal spray again this year. It was simple and painless, and helped protect us both against flu!

Deonne, 20, has a young son who was given the free flu nasal spray

Find a pharmacy near you

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.