Child Health and Vaccines
We take Child Health and development seriously. Our doctors have all trained in paediatrics during their general practice training.
We ask all patients to register their children early for their under 6 card – click here for more information.
Childhood Flu Vaccines (ages 2-12 years)
Nasal Flu Vaccine Consent Form
Influenza (flu) is a very infectious illness caused by the flu virus. Flu spreads easily and infects both children and adults. Children can get severe complications of flu including pneumonia, bronchitis and encephalitis. Children who are sick with flu miss days in crèche, childcare and school.
The vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of your child’s nose.
Your child can breathe normally while getting the vaccine. There is no need to take a deep breath or sniff.
The vaccine is not painful and is absorbed quickly. It will work even if your child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose after the vaccination.
Most children need only 1 dose of the vaccine each year. Children with chronic health conditions like chronic heart or lung conditions may need 2 doses. The doses are given 4 weeks apart if they have never had a flu vaccine.
Your child should not get the vaccine if they:
• have had a severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
• are taking medicines called salicylates, which include aspirin
• have a severely weakened immune system because of certain medical conditions or treatments
• have taken influenza antiviral medication in previous 48 hours
• are living with someone who has a severely weakened immune system – eg someone who has had a recent bone marrow transplant
• asthma-if your child has increased wheezing/additional Ventolin use in the previous 72 hours they will need to delay getting the vaccine.
• If your child has asthma and has been needing regular oral steroids or has been admitted to ICU you will need to contact us/their hospital team to discuss vaccination.
You should delay your child’s vaccination if they are unwell and have a high temperature.
The most common side effects are mild and include:
• a runny or blocked nose
• muscle aches
Some children get a fever (temperature) after the vaccine. It is usually mild and goes away on its own.
If your child has a fever or a headache, you can give them paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Never give aspirin or medication including aspirin e.g. Disprin to children unless prescribed by a doctor. This is especially important in the 4 weeks after getting the flu vaccine.
Serious side effects such as a severe allergic reaction are rare.
There is no evidence that you can catch flu from the nasal flu spray.
WHO NEEDS 2 DOSES OF NASAL FLU VACCINE?
If your child is aged between 2-8 years and has NEVER received a flu vaccine before and falls into any of the below groups, please book a second nasal flu vaccine in 4 weeks.
- Epilepsy, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorder especially those attending special schools or day centres.
- Cancer patients
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis and moderate and severe asthma
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Down Syndrome
- Immunosuppression due to treatment
- Morbid obesity
- Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disability
Both practices are actively involved in providing the Primary Childhood Immunisation program. This program involves vaccinations given at 2,4,6,12 and 13 months as part of the National program on Primary Immunisation. These vaccinations are provided free of charge in the medical practice and are administered by either a Doctor or a nurse. School booster at age 4-5 are administered in the School system only.
Click here for the New Immunisation Schedule from October 1st 2016