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Children and young person's drop-in flu clinics announced

17 January 2023

Drop-in nasal spray flu vaccination clinics for children aged 2 to 16 years old (age on 31 August 2022) are being held at the mass vaccination centres in Carmarthen on Sunday 22 January 2023 and in Dafen, Llanelli on Sunday 29 January 2023.

With winter illnesses on the increase, it is important that parents ensure their child has received their safe and effective nasal spray flu vaccine.

Dr Joanne McCarthy, Deputy Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Anyone can get flu, but children have the highest rate of infection, and it can be serious for them.”

“Catching flu can increase the chance of becoming severely unwell with secondary infections and complications can include bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. There is also evidence to suggest that the nasal flu vaccine may help to reduce the rate of Strep A infections in children.”

“Vaccination makes it far less likely your child will be severely ill or need hospitalisation should they catch flu this winter and we hope these drop-in sessions help parents to access the vaccine for their child.”

If your child needs their nasal spray flu vaccination, please drop into:

As long as your child does not have a high temperature, they can receive their flu vaccination, even if they have a cold or other minor illness.

After vaccination, some children may get a temperature, feel tired, have a headache, have aching muscles or have a reduced appetite for a day or two. The nasal spray may cause a runny or blocked nose, but this usually lasts only a couple of days. Other reactions are less common.

More information about the flu vaccine for children can be found on the Public Health Wales website here.