Flu immunisation for children

The Hackney and City Health Visiting Service recommends getting your child vaccinated for the seasonal flu this year.

Vaccinating children against the flu not only protects children but stops the flu from spreading in the community.

There is emerging evidence that those who get the flu and Covid-19 at the same time are more likely to be seriously ill.

The more people are vaccinated against the flu the more resources can be freed up for Covid-19. While Covid-19 is circulating, as many avoidable illnesses as possible need to be reduced as this will reduce attendance at GP surgeries as well as hospital visits and admissions.

Get your child vaccinated

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2020 – born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

For more information please see the NHS website.


Important information about the flu vaccine

The Muslim Council of Britain on the importance of getting a flu vaccination in winter 2020/21

Public Health England on porcine gelatine and vaccines Available in different languages including English, Arabic, Urdu, and Bengali

The British Fatwa Council on Fatwa on flu vaccine containing porcine gelatine

Watch this video from Barts Health about flu vaccination including information about porcine gelatine.

Information for the Jewish community Vaccine letter from Rabbi Adler

Watch this video message from Dr Opat, GP at Cranwhich Road Surgery in Stamford Hill.

Public Health England Who should get the flu vaccination this winter

NHS information about the flu vaccine

Watch these video messages from GPs Dr Colvin (The Lawson Practice) in Hackney and Dr Chor (Neaman Practice) in the City.