Flu vaccination for young children
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- Children under 5 are more likely to get severe flu infections.
- They are more likely to have to go to hospital, and sometimes children may die from complications of severe flu infection.
- Your child can get the flu vaccine for free if they are between 6 months and 5 years old.
- If your child is over 5 years old and not eligible for a free vaccine talk to your GP.
Where to get the flu vaccine for your child
- The vaccine is available from your GP.
- The flu vaccine is free for children between 6 months and 5 years old.
- You may need to pay a consultation fee to the doctor.
- Some local councils run vaccine clinics. immunisation sessions.
Safety of flu vaccine for children
- The flu vaccine is safe for children.
- It is reviewed and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
- They are part of the Australian Government.
- Some children have mild side effects after receiving the flu vaccine. Learn about the mild side effects of the flu vaccine they may experience.
- Seek medical attention if your child has a serious reaction to the flu vaccine.
When your child should have the flu vaccine
- Flu is most common from June until September.
- The best time to get the vaccine is from mid-April.
- All children under nine years of age should have two doses the first time they have a flu vaccine.
- This should be at least four weeks apart in the first year receiving the vaccine.
- After that, you only need one dose of vaccine per year.
Information for pregnant women
- Getting the flu vaccine is important if you are pregnant.
- The protection for your baby does not last beyond 6 months of age.
- It is important for your baby to get the flu vaccine when they are 6 months old.
Information about allergies
- Most types of flu vaccine contain a very small amount of egg protein.
- If your child has a mild egg allergy, they can still have the flu vaccine.
- If your child has a severe egg allergy, talk to your doctor about the vaccine.
- The vaccine can be given to your child by a person experienced in severe allergic conditions.