NHS Children’s flu vaccine

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The children’s nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s offered every year to children to help protect them against flu.

Who should have the nasal spray flu vaccine

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 (born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020)
  • all primary school children (Reception to Year 6)
  • some secondary school aged children
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they’ll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years old.

The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They’ll be offered a flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them. Injected flu vaccines are also safe and effective.

Examples of long-term health conditions

Long-term conditions that qualify for the NHS flu vaccine include:

Where to have the flu vaccine

Child’s ageWhere to have the flu vaccine
From 6 months until 2 years
(with a long-term condition)
GP surgery
From 2 years until child
starts primary school
GP surgery
All children at primary schoolSchool
Some secondary school aged children in eligible groupsSchool
Children in eligible school groups
(with a long-term health condition)
School or GP surgery
Children who are home-schooled or not in mainstream education
(same ages as those offered in eligible groups at schools)
Community clinic

Update September 2022: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/