Flu or Flu-like illness in chronically ill or disabled children


In this section you can find out about the experience of how flu or flu-like illness affects children with a long term medical condition or disability by seeing and hearing parents share their personal stories on film. Researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to the parents of 34 children in their own homes. Children with a long term health condition or disability are at greater risk of developing further complications if they get flu or a flu-like illness. Hospital treatment may be needed. Find out what people said about issues such as flu or flu-like illness symptoms, complications and recovery from flu or flu-like illness, experiences of contacting their GP and in hospital, parent’s views on their child taking antibiotics, managing work and family life, and the impact on nursery and school. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.


This section is based on research by The University of Oxford.

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This is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme (Grant Reference RP-PG-1210-12012). The views expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Publication date: October 2016
Review date: October 2018

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