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Flu Aware NI is a Public Health Agency website with information on seasonal flu. This site provides a comprehensive guide to flu, including information for the public on who is most at risk, who needs a seasonal flu vaccine, how to get the vaccine and what to do if you think you have the flu, as well as information on prevention of further infection.

In 2013/14, the Public Health Agency (PHA) launched the first phase of a programme that will offer flu vaccine to all children aged two to 16 years inclusive.

This will help protect children against flu and reduce its spread. In the 2013/14 flu season, the vaccine was offered to children aged two and three years (PDF) and to those in school year primary six (PDF).

Information for the public

This section provides everything you need to know about flu, including who should get vaccinated, the signs and symptoms of flu, advice on prevention and how to look after yourself if you get flu.



Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin Northern Ireland, Week 20 (12/05/14 – 18/05/14)

Published: Tuesday, 27 May, 2014 - 11:44
The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

Seasonal flu rates remain low

Published: Thursday, 5 June, 2014 - 11:17

Influenza (commonly referred to as 'seasonal flu') is a respiratory illness associated with infection by influenza virus. Seasonal flu is made up of several strains including H1N1 (swine flu). This year’s seasonal flu vaccines include protection against H1N1.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Flusurvey

Published: Thursday, 14 November, 2013 - 14:26
In 2012-2013, the highest rates of flu were reported in the under-18 age group. In order to help control and lower the impact of flu, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine want to understand who is most likely to be infected. This year is particularly important as it is the beginning of the roll out of flu vaccinations for children.

Excellent start to children’s flu vaccine programme

Published: Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 - 11:48

The Public Health Agency’s (PHA) early flu vaccine uptake figures show that rates are high among the first two groups of children who are eligible to receive the vaccine this year. The programme has been rolled out since the start of the month, with the vaccine being administered to children using a painless nasal spray.

Dr Richard Smithson talks about the new childhood flu vaccine

Published: Wednesday, 2 October, 2013 - 08:53
This video answers some of the main questions you might have about the childhood flu vaccination programme which is being phased-in from September 2013. Dr Richard Smithson talks about the first two cohorts affected - two and three year olds and P6 pupils - and how they will be administered with the nasal vaccine.


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