Boots Winter Flu Vaccination Service for Children (2-17 years)

The Flu Nasal Child 2-17 Years Vaccination Service for Children for the 2023-24 season has ended. Please check back in August 2024 for latest updates on the Winter Flu Child Nasal Flu Vaccination Service for the coming season.

This flu season, all eligible children aged two to 17 years at the time of their appointment can get the nasal flu vaccine in selected Boots pharmacies.* This vaccination is provided free of charge. Not only will getting the flu vaccine help protect your child against flu, but it'll also help reduce the spread of flu to others.

How do I book an appointment?

Click on 'Book Now' and then pick your preferred appointment at a time, date and Boots pharmacy** that’s convenient for you. Create or log into your account and answer the pre-consultation form questions online to book your appointment.

When requested to select patient in your Swiftqueue booking, please select the name of the child getting the vaccination and 'Add New Family Member' as needed. Have your child’s PPSN to hand as you need this when completing your pre-consultation form.* Please note that the service is available in selected pharmacies only.** If it isn’t available at your desired pharmacy, why not try another one nearby?

Learn more about the child nasal flu vaccination and appointment consultation, through our video here.



Find your preferred appointment

At a time, date and Boots pharmacy** that’s convenient for you


Complete your booking and pre-consultation form

Create or log into your account, select the name of the person getting the vaccination, and answer the pre-consultation form questions online to book your appointment. This helps to reduce time spent in the pharmacy when you come for the vaccination. Have your child’s PPSN to hand as you need this when completing your pre-consultation form. You can read more about the vaccine in the Patient Information Leaflet here


Visit the store for the vaccination*

One of our pharmacists will answer questions you may have and give the vaccination. We will need to ask you to stay in the store or in the vicinity of the store for 15 minutes after your vaccination, just in case you have any immediate side effects

What is flu?

Flu is a common viral infection that’s easily spread to other people through coughs and sneezes.

Flu symptoms include:

• Fever

• Headache

• Sore throat

• Aching body

Viruses that cause flu are most common during the winter months. Children who are sick with flu often miss days in crèche, childcare and school. They also miss out on their usual activities, including hobbies and sports.

Whilst most children who get the flu will have mild symptoms, some children can get complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis and may need hospital treatment. In rarer cases, children may die from complications of flu.

Who is the nasal flu vaccine for children suitable for?

The nasal vaccine is recommended for all children aged two to 17 years of age at the time of their appointment, except those who fall into the following categories:

• They've had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients

• They have severe asthma (or have been wheezy or needed their inhaler more than usual in the three days before the vaccination)

• They are taking medicines called salicylates, which include aspirin

• They have a severely weakened immune system because of certain medical conditions or treatments

• They are living with someone who has a severely weakened immune system, for example, a person who recently had a bone marrow transplant

Some children who may not be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine may be able to receive the flu vaccine as an injection. Speak to your doctor for more details.

In some cases, your child’s nasal vaccination may need to be delayed in order to ensure it’s as effective as possible. Your pharmacist will recommend it be delayed in the following circumstances:

• If your child is unwell and has a high temperature

• If your child has a very blocked or runny nose

How is the vaccine given?

At the appointment, one of our specially trained pharmacists will administer the vaccine as a single spray in each nostril of your child's nose. Don’t worry, your child can breathe normally while they’re getting the vaccine.

Most children need only one dose of the vaccine each year. Some children aged two to eight years of age with a chronic health condition may need two doses. The doses are given four weeks apart if they’ve never had a flu vaccine. Speak to your pharmacist for more information. 

Are there any side effects to the nasal flu vaccine?

The children’s flu vaccination has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013, with millions of children having been vaccinated safely. It’s generally well tolerated and there’s no evidence that you can catch the flu from the vaccine.

Children’s flu vaccination side effects are generally mild and include the following:

• A runny or blocked nose

• Headache

• Muscle aches

• Fever

Serious side effects, such as a severe allergic reaction, are rare.

How long will the appointment take?

The in-store appointment will take roughly 15 minutes. To help reduce the amount of time you need to spend in store, our pharmacy team may contact you in advance to ask some questions, provide you with some information about the service and to help determine if the service is suitable for your child.

It's also important that you and your child stay in the store, or close by, for 15 minutes after the vaccination, just in case they have any immediate side effects.

Where can I find more information?

Visit the HSE website for more information about the nasal flu vaccine for children.

View the Patient Information Leaflet.

View the summary of product characteristics.


Winter Flu vaccinations Service

Help keep flu at bay

*Vaccination service subject to specially trained pharmacist and vaccine availability. Selected stores only. Eligibility criteria apply.
**Subject to store opening times, vaccine stock and specially trained pharmacist availability.