Flu is a virus that spreads easily and makes you feel really poorly. Don’t worry though, you can stop the virus in its tracks!
First of all, make sure you catch your coughs and sneezes in a tissue and then bin it straight away. You should also wash your hands often with soap and water.
Secondly, you can have a vaccination which protects you and stops you passing the flu to other people. The nasal flu vaccine is a medicine that contains a tiny bit of the virus. It’s such a tiny amount that it doesn’t harm you, but it does help your body to start producing virus-busting antibodies – your own personal flu-fighting ninjas!
The vaccine is given to you in school by a nurse. The nasal flu spray squirts a small amount of the vaccine up each of your nostrils. It’s really quick and might tickle a bit, but it doesn’t hurt at all. The flu virus changes every year, so you have to have the vaccination every year too. Having the vaccine is a good idea because as well as keeping you healthy, it helps stop flu spreading to your family and friends.
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Having the nasal flu vaccine in school
Before coming to school to give the nasal flu vaccine to children, the nurse sends a letter home so your parents or carers can agree that you can have the vaccination.
After you’ve had the vaccination, you’ll get a certificate to say that you have had it. Make sure you show it to your parents or carers! It tells them about what happened and it is important that they read it.
Sometimes after having the vaccine you can feel a little unwell. You might have a headache or a fever or not feel very hungry. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but if you do feel a bit funny, tell your teachers or your parents or carers.