Hear from the experts

Flu symptoms in children can negatively impact not just the child with flu, but the wider family too. Getting your child vaccinated against flu is important but the flu season can be a confusing time for some parents.

Dr Ranj Singh (Paediatrician) and Dr George Kassianos (Immunisation Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners) have shared their thoughts and advice on flu in children and child flu vaccination.

Dr Ranj Singh says, “We are really lucky that we live in a country that offers an effective, established and free vaccination programme when it comes to things like flu. But I am concerned that some will wait until they’ve been personally affected before they make those sorts of decisions.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure we ourselves, our children and our communities are fully protected.”

Watch the clips to hear Ranj and George talk about flu symptoms in children, how flu can impact family life and why flu vaccines for children are so important. For more information on vaccines and the childhood flu programme, visit the Vaccination Info and Programme pages.

If there is a topic in particular that you’re looking for, jump to that part of George’s clip by clicking on a question below.

Who are the main flu ‘spreaders’?

What effect can flu have on a child?

How do you stop the spread of flu?


You are encouraged to report side effects. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. Please talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you get any side effects. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard