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Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccination for children in school years 7 and 8

2014-2015

 

This year, for the first time, children in years 7 and 8 in some areas are being offered a flu vaccination at their school. This is a pilot programme following a series of pilot vaccination programmes that were successfully carried out last year in primary schools in several regions around the country.

Your child will be offered a flu vaccine that is given as a simple spray up the nose. It is painless and very quick, and side effects are uncommon. This vaccination programme is designed to protect your child against flu which can be an unpleasant illness and, although rarely, can sometimes cause serious complications.  Also, by having the flu vaccination, children are less likely to pass the virus on to friends and family, some of whom may be at greater risk from flu if they are, say, an infant, an older person or someone with an underlying health condition.

Your child will receive an information leaflet, and consent card from school.  Please return the consent card to school stating if you do or do not require your child to receive the flu nasal vaccination.

 For more information and to answer any questions you may have, please click here.

If you require any further details please contact the Immunisation Team on 0121 465 4277.