Children’s Nasal Flu Vaccine Campaign

The HSE is also launching a new campaign to encourage parents in Ireland to get all children aged 2 to 17 vaccinated against the flu.

The children’s nasal spray flu vaccine is available free for all children aged 2 to 17 from 17th October. The vaccine is given as a spray in each nostril. It is not painful and is absorbed quickly.

Your child’s vaccine is available from your GP or pharmacy.

Children and young people can become seriously ill with flu. On an average year, 1 in 10 children attend their GP with flu. In the last 10 years in Ireland, almost 5,000 children were admitted to hospital with complications of flu. Almost 200 children had treatment in intensive care and 40 children died.

You can find more information here.