Flu vaccines for 2-17 years
The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread
Children and young people aged 2 to 17 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free.
The flu vaccine for children has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013.
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The majority who get the flu have mild symptoms. However some children can get complications of flu and this occurs each winter.
Complications of flu include:
inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) - this is rare
Children with complications may need hospital treatment or even intensive care.
Children with chronic health conditions are at risk of serious complications from flu.
In the last 10 years, almost 5000 children were admitted to hospital with complications of flu. Almost 200 children had to have treatment in intensive care and 40 children died.
At risk groups are free
The flu vaccine is free to the following at risk groups
Those with chronic conditions eg. lung, heart, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, neurological disorders
Household contact/carer of someone who is medically at risk
History of Cancer
more info on www.hse.ie