Flu Immunisation Frequently Asked Questions
For most children, it is given as a nasal spray.
Children should not have the nasal vaccine if they:
- are severely asthmatic, i.e. being treated with oral steroids or high dose inhaled steroids.
- are severely immunocompromised.
Also, children who have been vaccinated should avoid close contact with people with very severely weakened immune systems for around two weeks following vaccination. This is because there’s an extremely remote chance that the vaccine virus may be passed to them.
The nasal flu vaccine contains minute traces of animal products (e.g., porcine gelatine) and other components. If you have any concerns about the contents of the vaccines you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-and-gelatine-phe-response or www.gov.uk/government/publications/vaccines-and-porcine-gelatine
The nasal flu vaccine provides the best protection against flu, particularly in young children. This vaccine not only helps protect your child against disease but, if enough children are vaccinated, the disease won’t spread from one person to another, and so their friends and family are also protected.
Some faith groups accept the use of porcine gelatine in medical products - the decision is, of course, up to you.
View our introduction to the flu vaccine,
how to contact us and what happens next
Go ahead and complete the form to give consent for your child to be vaccinated at schoolComplete Form