HSE offering free nasal spray flu vaccine to children aged between 2 and 17
Flu cases are set to rise this winter.
The HSE is offering free nasal spray flu vaccines for children aged between 2 and 17.
The free flu vaccine programme for children launched today, October 17th.
The HSE has urged parents to get their children vaccinated before the winter.
Experts explained that the vaccine is the best way to protect your children from the flu this winter.
Some cases of the flu can result in serious complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and even inflammation of the brain.
Not only does the flu vaccine stop them from developing these symptoms, but it also protects the vulnerable people in their lives.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said;
“I would like to encourage all those who are eligible to get the flu vaccine to do so as soon as possible.
He urged parents with children aged between 2 and 17 to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Not only will the vaccine help protect your child against flu, but it will also help protect more vulnerable family members.
"It is important that we all do what we can to avoid serious illness and hospitalisation this winter.”
Children need one dose of the vaccine during flu season. However, children with underlying conditions may have to get two doses, which will be given four weeks apart.
You can contact your GP to arrange a free flu vaccine for your child.
For more information on the free flu vaccine programme, click here.