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Get your disabled child vaccinated against the flu virus this winter

Monday 2nd October 2017

Did you know that the flu vaccination is available to children with long-term health conditions and many who have a learning disability?

Flu season is nearly upon us and it is expected to be a bad year. Every year many children and young people with disabilities are admitted to intensive care because of severe respiratory infections.

The flu vaccination for children is given as a nasal spray. And this winter it is being made available to the following groups:

  • All children aged two, three or four on 31 August 2017.
  • All children in Reception class and in school years one, two, three and four in the UK. Children in school years five and six will also be offered the vaccine in Scotland, Northern Ireland and other areas of the UK which ran pilot flu vaccination programmes in previous years.
  • Children aged two to 17 who are 'at risk' from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions.
  • Children with a learning disability.

If you have a child with a long-term condition, speak to your GP about whether they should have the flu vaccination. Some children with a long-term health condition may be advised to have the flu vaccine injection rather than the nasal spray.

Angie Fenn, Contact helpline manager, said: "Advice from the NHS is that if your disabled child is not going to be immunised against flu in school, you should approach your GP surgery and make an appointment for the practice nurse to do it.

"Also, as the carer of a child with a disability or long term health condition, you too should consider getting a flu immunisation to prevent the spread of the disease."