The flu vaccination is currently offered free on the NHS in Autum and Winter for:
- Children aged two and three on August 31 2017 – that is, children born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2015
- Children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four
- In some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas)
- Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
Read more @ www.nhs.uk/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine
Vaccination is ALWAYS a controversial topic on Mum to Mum social media groups; very often, the mums who respond to questions about immunisation have very strong opinions one way or the other – and sometimes, things can get heated. So, we’ve collected a range of opinions from a recent post about the flu vaccination, which we hope will help those looking for advice in the future. (If you are a member, you can also use the group search facility to see original debates on the topic.)
Mums In Favour:
- Absolutely worth it in my mind, any vaccination that is available to us against any disease is worth it in my opinion!
- My son has mild asthma and is 5 – he has had it the last 3 years and I honestly believe it helps. He hardly has colds now and he used to have them constantly! He has never had side effects from it.
- I’ve had it every year since being a child as I had severe asthma and the only time I got the flu was the one year I didn’t have it!
- My son has it (due to age and is treated for asthma) but has the alternative due to egg allergy, and my 18 year old has it due to asthma. Lots of people say about it’s not worth it due to there being different strains of flu but as far as my son is concerned (lots of admissions especially due to his chest) I’d rather he have some protection.
- Mine have it, if you have any concerns speak to a health professional before you agree so they can advise.
- I have heard this is a live virus they are giving the kids, anyone who has children that are prone to illness are you not worrying that they will get ill from this “vaccine”?
- Talking on another group about keeping kids off and for 2-3days there is shedding of virus and it actually causes illness. I will NOT be exposing my child to this test.
- Live vaccine, no thanks.
- None of mine will be having it and never have.
- I said no thanks. There’s not enough research into it in my opinion.
- Mine don’t, never have.
“My daughter had the nasal spray last year and was ill for two weeks after, could of been a coincidence. Not sure what I’m going to do this year yet. Haven’t heard if her school are doing it and not heard from the doctors either. She is 5 years old”
More information from the NHS, including how to get the vaccination if you decide to go ahead, in this link: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/fluandthefluvaccine.aspx