This page contains advice for pharmacists about preventing asthma by managing flu immunisation

All school-aged children (from reception to year 11) can get a free flu vaccine. This includes home-schooled children and children not in mainstream education.

The vaccine is usually given to children as a nasal spray, rather than an injection. However, the nasal spray is not usually recommended for: 

  • Children who take oral steroids for their asthma, like prednisolone.
  • Children who have been in intensive care because of their asthma. 

If your child falls into either of these groups, they should be offered an injection instead of a nasal spray.

Find out more about the flu vaccine for babies and children up to age 18.

Patients can learn more about the benefits of the flu jab by being directed to the AstraZeneca Share Good Times not Flu online portal.