Flu

Protecting your child against flu

Read the latest NHS guidance on flu vaccinations for children.

 It is recommended that the flu vaccine be given to:

  • All two and three year old children (the vaccine is given at your general practice).
  • All children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (the vaccine will be provided at school through the Community Immunisation Team)

Catch up clinics

The Community Immunisation Team will be holding catch up clinics in November and December every Wednesday at St John's Therapy Centre SW11 1SW from 3.30 to 6pm, or the first Saturday of the month between 9.20am and 12 midday at Balham Health Centre, Beford Hill. These clinics are for children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 who were either absent at their school flu vaccine session or did not return a consent form. 

These clinics are not for those who already have a forthcoming school session booked. Please note absentees in special schools will be revisited.

St John's Therapy Centre

  • Date: Every Wednesday until the end of December
  • Time: 3.40 to 6pm
  • Location: St John's Therapy Centre, 162 St John's Hill, SW11, 1SW (entrance A, first floor reception)

Balham Health Centre

  • Date: First Saturday of the month until the end of December
  • Time: 9.20am to 12 midday 

Please let reception know you have come to see the Immunisation Nurse for a flu spray.

5 reasons to get your child vaccinated

  1. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been give to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record.
  2. The nasal vaccine is painless and easy to have.
  3. Flu can be really serious, especially for children with medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
  4. If you child gets flu you may have to take time off to look after them.
  5. Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.

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