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Vaccinations for children

Some immunisations for children include:

Annual flu nasal spray

Flu can affect children as well as adults. It can cause a high fever, achy muscles, painful joints and sometimes breathing difficulties.

The flu vaccine is now available in a nasal form for children and is available through the GP for children under 5 years of age and from school nurses in their primary school for children up to year 2.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination

Measles, Mumps and Rubella are common highly infectious viruses, which are airborne and can cause conditions with high temperatures and a nasty rash.

Children can be protected by having the MMR vaccine, which is given at their GP surgery as a single injection. 

The full course of the MMR vaccination requires two doses. The first jab is usually given within a month of their first birthday and a second jab before starting school, usually between three and five years of age.

It's important to make sure your children are up-to-date with the MMR vaccination before starting the school.