In 2012, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended the seasonal influenza programme be extended to all children aged 2 to under 17. The roll-out of this extended programme is being phased in over a period of time, to ensure a manageable and successful implementation process.
This enhanced service, delivered by GP practices, offers vaccination to all children aged two and three years. GP practices should offer vaccination, using the recommended vaccine, to all children aged two and three, but not children aged four years on 31 August 2019.
Four year olds have been removed from the enhanced service and transferred to schools programme.