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Flu Vaccine | Flu Symptoms | Flu Vaccine For Children


Flu vaccine or flu symptoms. This video is on flu vaccine for children, flu vaccination, nasal flu spray and nasal flu vaccine.


This weeks video is all about the nasal flu vaccine spray for children. It's important to make more people aware of the potentially devastating consequences of flu, vaccination is currently the only protection we have against it.


A special thank you to Dr Katherine Hickman and Dr Amir Khan for being so helpful with this weeks video. This weeks video was a joint project with Bradford City Council to help spread the word on the nasal flu vaccine for children.



WHY ARE CHILDREN OFFERED THE FLU VACCINE:

Flu is a very common infection in babies and children. It can be very unpleasant for them.


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


Some children develop a very high temperature or complications of flu, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and a painful ear infection.


They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child may die from flu.


Healthy children under the age of 5 are more likely to have to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group.


For children with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease, getting flu can be very serious as they are more at risk of developing serious complications.



WHAT AGE SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE THE NASAL SPRAY FLU VACCINE:

In the autumn/winter of 2019/20, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:


• Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1 September2015 and 31 August 2017

• All primary school children

• Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions



WHO WILL GIVE THE CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE:

Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, usually by the practice nurse.


Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.


Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.


Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they are in an eligible age group. Parents can obtain information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team.



SIDE EFFECTS OF THE NASAL SPRAY FLU VACCINE:

The nasal spray flu vaccine has few side effects – most commonly getting a runny nose after vaccination for a few days.


Read more about the side effects: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine-side-effects/



WHO CANNOT HAVE THE CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE:

Children may not be able to have the nasal spray flu vaccine if they have:


• Severely weakened immune system

• Severe egg allergy with anaphylaxis that has led to intensive care hospital admission

severe asthma – that is, those being treated with steroid tablets or have needed intensive care due to asthma

• Currently wheezy or have been wheezy in the past 72 hours

• An allergy to any of the vaccine ingredients, such as neomycin

• A condition that requires salicylate treatment


If your child is at high risk of flu due to 1 or more medical conditions or treatments, and can't have the nasal flu vaccine because of this, they should have the injected flu vaccine.


If you're unsure, check with the school immunisation team, the nurse or GP at your surgery, or specialist.


For more information on the children's nasal spray flu vaccine please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/




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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


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