Influenza vaccination for children under 5

Influenza in kids can be serious. The influenza vaccine is safe, effective and free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years.

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.

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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.

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Getting vaccinated

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.

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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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