I really want to have my 9 year old son vaccinated against the flu but he's in Year 5 and it only seems to be available to children up to Year 4. I will gladly pay to protect him but I don't know how can do this. It seems unfair that in some areas, vaccinations are available free to all primary school children but seemingly not where I am (Bedfordshire). I've heard the flu is going to be bad this year, I have asthma (and have just got myself vaccinated) and for the last 3 winters, my son has been laid low for weeks and weeks on end with terrible colds and coughs. I dread to think what the flu would do to him. He's my one and only and I am a single mum. Any advice greatly received!
I thought it was offered to all children up to 11 years, are you sure he can't have it! You do know that having the flu vaccine will do nothing to stop the colds and coughs that laid him low last year!
Any update on this? I'd like to get my 9 yo done too but he isn't entitled to a free one. I've made an appointment at my GP's for my 2 yo next week, but they won't do my son, even when I offered to pay for it! All the pharmacies I've looked at only do over 16s. X
I've been looking, too. My Y5 dd won't get it at school (just had the letter confirming it's up to Y4 only), GP won't do it, nor will Boots. It seems very unfair for her to be the only one in the family unprotected!
Oh no Girlie that must have been awful, hope your DD made a full recovery. Stories like yours are why I want my 9 yo doing! I did ask at my GP's surgery when I was booking my 2 yo's appointment, and they just told me to try local pharmacies, but I haven't been having any luck so far! It seems to be a common problem though, if only the NHS had a common approach for the whole country!
The only place I found to do my 9yo is my nearest Superdrug Health Clininc so he has an appointment on Saturday. It's for a jab though, not nasal drops, which they said they don't do. Good luck to anyone who's still looking!
Good luck! I had to go to a private GP last year for my DS aged 10 (cheaper than the chemists in fact so not as bad as it sounds). It was a jab too. Worth phoning chemists or googling private flu nasal spray for children to see if there are other options locally as some places do it - just not close enough to my house! It took me days of phoning round to line it up. DS still got every blasted bug on the planet though. I didn't!
Superdrugs that do vaccines are apparently the way forward but my son hasn't been well enough to have one so far! It is a ludicrous system when you can't get a flu jab at your local surgery paid or otherwise. I've got to drive about 20 miles to the nearest Superdrug which is complicated in term time. An absolute farce! Thanks for all of the kind responses! x