Child Health and Immunisations

Vaccinations for children

One of the best ways to protect your child against diseases like measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisations.

As well protecting your own child, you’re also protecting others by preventing the spread of diseases.

Vaccination are offered free of charge in the UK – just book your appointments with The Grange Medical Practice.

NHS vaccination schedule

1 year

2 to 10 or 11 years

3 years and 4 months

Children’s flu vaccine

The children’s flu vaccine is given as a spray squirted up each nostril. It’s quick and painless. It helps protect your child from flu and reduces the chance of them spreading it.

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they’ll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

Flu symptoms

Children can catch and spread the flu easily. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Aching Muscles
  • Headaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat

Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children.

It can also lead to serious problems, such as Bronchitis and Pneumonia.

Read about when your child should have the flue vaccine on the NHS website.

How well the children’s flu vaccine works and how long it lasts

The children’s flu vaccine aims to protect children against the most common type of flue viruses.

There’s still a chance your child might get flu after getting vaccinated, but they’re less likely to get seriously ill or need to go to the hospital.

The vaccine usually takes up to 14 days to work.

Protection from flue vaccine goes down overtime and the types of flue the vaccine protects against are updated each year. This is why it’s important to get the flue vaccine every year.

Health and development checks

Health checks are usually carried out by your health visitor either at home, your GP surgery, baby clinic or children’s centre. They are a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns you might have.

Your child’s very first health check takes place shortly after they’re born, and they continue until they are 2.