Additional information for healthcare professionals on the extension of the flu immunisation programme to healthy children for 2013 to 2014.
There are 2 elements to the children’s flu immunisation programme this year:
- a routine offer of vaccination to all 2 and 3 year olds (but not 4 years or older) on 1 September 2013
- geographical pilots for 4 to 10 year olds (up to and including pupils in school year 6)
Extending the flu programme to all children will involve considerable planning and work in order to obtain a high level of uptake. For this reason, the programme will be rolled out over a number of seasons and will include pilots, allowing Public Health England and NHS England time to find out the most effective way of implementing it.