Flu Vaccinations

Children’s flu vaccination drop-in clinics announced by Hywel Dda UHB

Drop-in nasal spray flu vaccination clinics for children aged 2 and 3 years old (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 opposite:

  • Aberystwyth MVC (Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, SY23 3AS)– 12pm to 6pm, Friday 6 January 2023
  • Carmarthen MVC (Y Gamfa Wen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA31 3EP)– 12pm to 6pm, Friday 6 January 2023
  • Cwm Cou MVC (Ysgol Trewen, SA38 9PE) – 10am to 3pm, Saturday 7 January 2023
  • Haverfordwest MVC (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE)– 12pm to 6pm, Thursday 5 January 2023
  • Llanelli MVC (Dafen Industrial Estate, SA14 8QW) – 12pm to 6pm, Thursday 5 January 2023

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 /

 https://icc.gig.cymru/brechlynffliw

Flu Vaccine Q and A

Most frequently asked questions and answers

Is it safe?

The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record.    There are 3 types of flu vaccine:

  • a live quadrivalent vaccine which is given as a nasal spray to children and young people aged 2 to 17 eligible for the flu vaccine
  • a quadrivalent injected vaccine which is given to adults aged between 18 and 65 who are at increased risk from flu due to a long-term health condition and for children aged 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
  • an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group.  To be eligible for this you should be 65 on 31st March, 2019 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1954.

Talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.

Who shouldn't have the flu vaccination?

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

What are the side effects?

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.