Close Close
Mother and Baby

Parents Urged To Give Toddlers Flu Vaccine

Young children are ‘super-spreaders’ of the flu virus, according to England's Chief Medical Officer – who is urging parents to vaccinate their toddlers this winter

This year, the annual nasal spray flu vaccine is available for children aged two, three and four years old as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. However, only one in four have received it so far.

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril and, according to the NHS, ‘works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.’


Flu can cause a fever, sore throat, aching muscles, extreme tiredness and even complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia if caught by a child.

Youngsters are more likely to spread the virus because they tend to have greater contact with others and may not cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, or wash their hands enough.


Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said, ‘They also spread the virus easily and often pass flu to grandparents and other relatives who can become very ill, fast.

‘Giving two, three and four-year-olds the free nasal spray really is in everyone's interests if you want to help avoid a miserable winter for all the family.’

Has your toddler had their flu vaccine? Let us know below.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Win £1,000 of Carpetright vouchers
Win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Create a fantasy world on your floor with your baby for your chance to win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick
Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick

Abeille Cellular Blankets, available fromHippychick, are delectably soft, made from 100% cotton and now available in six super-stylish colours. Click for your chance to win!

Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement
Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement

Blueiron is Scandinavia’s fastest-growing liquid iron supplement and has already helped thousands of women low in iron during pregnancy, breastfeeding and those with intense fitness regimes. Click for your chance to win!

Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks
Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks

Made from quinoa, lentils and chickpeas, and packed with vegetable protein, Kiddylicious Super Snacks help to keep your little ones whizzing about. Click for your chance to win!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator

Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.

Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.