A flu vaccine, previously only available to the over 65-year-olds and certain “at risk” groups is being offered to two and three year olds for the first time across Bristol.
The nasal spray, which provides children with better protection from the flu than other available vaccine injections, is safe, quick and painless.
The programme is being brought in following advice from the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation - an independent, expert committee which advises UK health departments.
Letters are being sent to parents and carers of all two and three year olds in Bristol offering the free nasal spray to protect them from flu.
Around 12,000 children in Bristol could benefit from the protection from the vaccine.
As well as the new vaccination programme for children, the regular flu vaccination programme continues for those with underlying medical conditions, those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, health and social care workers and unpaid carers, including young carers.