What is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is a live immunisation given via a nasal spray that can protect children against four different strains of flu. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and a sore throat lasting up to a week. Receiving the vaccine lowers the risk of catching flu, which can be easily caught in a school environment.
Who can have the vaccine?
The nasal flu spray is currently offered to children in Reception and Years 1-5 as well as all children in special schools. The vaccine will be offered each year to protect against flu. The vaccine contains live but weakened flu viruses that do not cause flu in children. It will help your child build up immunity to flu in a similar way as natural infection, but without the symptoms.
There are a few children who should avoid the nasal spray flu vaccine. The vaccine is not recommended for children who have:
Children unable to have the nasal spray vaccine may be able to have the injectable flu vaccine instead.
When is the vaccine given?
Our flu program in primary schools begins in October and runs up until the children break up from school in December. Consent forms are delivered to school in September and brought home for parents to complete. We endeavor to allocate dates to schools before the summer holidays. Schools should make this data known to parents, however the dates for each school can be found on the Immunisation Dates page. The date could be at any point between October and December as we have a very large number of schools to fit in.
What happens if my child is absent?
Any children that miss their flu vaccination in school either due to absence or refusal can be caught up in clinic. We aim to run catch-up clinics in each area in the school holidays. As long as there is a consent form for your child, with a contact number, we will contact you to offer a catch-up clinic appointment.
For more information visit the NHS website
Click the link below to download a consent form
Click the link below to download the Flu leaflet