Are there any children that shouldn't have a flu vaccine?

A runny nose, cough or other minor illness are not reasons to delay a flu vaccination.

Children who are unwell with a high temperature should delay vaccination until they are feeling better.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for anyone who is:

  • Under two years of age
  • Aged 18 years of age or older
  • Pregnant
  • On long-term aspirin (salicylate) treatment
  • Taking steroid tablets (currently, or in the last two weeks)
  • In close contact with someone who has a severely weakened immune system (e.g. after a bone marrow transplant) and is being nursed in a protected environment

or for anyone who has:

  • Had a serious life-threatening allergic reaction to a flu vaccine (or any part of it)
  • A weakened immune system
  • A wheezy chest on the day of the vaccination or in the previous three days
  • Increased the use of their asthma inhalers in the previous three days