Influenza vaccination is free for those most at risk
Children under 5 can become seriously ill from influenza. With the risk even greater this year due to lower recent exposure.
Vaccination is the safest way to protect yourself and others from influenza viruses
The influenza vaccine has a great safety record. Common side effects from the influenza vaccine include mild pain, redness or swelling where the vaccine is given. These side effects usually last for a few days and go away without any treatment.
Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.
A mild illness is usually not a reason to reschedule a vaccination visit.
Find out more about influenza vaccination
The following resources and web pages have more information about the influenza vaccine and children:
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