Flu Vaccine Appointment- 2-17 Years old

Children and young people aged between 2 and 17 years can get the nasal flu vaccine for free.

  • 15 minutes
  • Dublin 8

Service Description

Why children should get the flu vaccine The flu vaccine helps to protect children against flu. Most children who get the flu have mild symptoms. But children and young people with chronic health conditions are at risk of serious complications from flu. In some children, flu can lead to serious problems such as: pneumonia bronchitis inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) Children with these complications may need hospital treatment. Some may need intensive care. In the last 10 years in Ireland, almost 5,000 children were admitted to hospital with complications of flu. Almost 200 children had treatment in intensive care and 40 children died. Children can catch and spread flu easily. The children's flu vaccine can help to prevent the spread of flu in schools and at home. This keeps everyone safe. Type of vaccine for children Children will get a nasal spray vaccine. It's called the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) nasal spray vaccine. It's known by the brand name Fluenz Tetra and manufactured by AstraZeneca AB. This flu vaccine is approved for children aged 2 to 17 years. If your child has been told they cannot have the nasal flu vaccine, talk to your GP or pharmacist about them getting the vaccine as an injection. Most children only need 1 dose of the vaccine each flu season. Some children aged 2 to 8 years with chronic health conditions may need 2 doses if they have never had the flu vaccine before. Your GP or pharmacist will know if they need 2 doses. The doses are given 4 weeks apart. How the nasal flu vaccine is given The vaccine is given as a spray in each nostril. It is not painful and is absorbed quickly. If your child sneezes or blows their nose after vaccination, the vaccine dose does not need to be repeated. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to work. Side effects Your child might have some mild side effects after their vaccine. Some of the side effects can be similar to flu. But they will not get the flu from the nasal flu vaccine. Serious side effects such as a severe allergic reaction are rare. The most common side effects are mild and include: headache runny or blocked nose muscle aches tiredness loss of appetite Some children get a fever (high temperature) after the vaccine. It is usually mild and goes away on its own. If your child has a headache, you can give them paracetamol or ibuprofen. These side effects should go away in a day or 2.

Contact Details

  • Unit 2 Earls Court, Reuben street, Dublin 8, D08 RDC9, Ireland