30 December 2022
Drop-in nasal spray flu vaccination clinics for children aged 2 and 3 years old (age on 31 August 2022) are being held at vaccination centres across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire this week.
With winter illnesses now circulating, 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 your nearest centre:
As long as your child doesn’t 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.
For more information about the flu vaccine for children, please visit https://phw.nhs.wales/fluvaccine