Children’s flu vaccinations
Important notice concerning nasal flu vaccine text notifications
Over the past few days a number of parents and carers whose children have been vaccinated with the nasal flu vaccine at a school-based session or within a community clinic setting, have received a text from the NHS inviting them to arrange an appointment for their child to have their nasal flu vaccine.
Understandably, parents and carers are concerned, as they know their child has already received their vaccination and will have been given a flu certificate which shows their child’s name and date of vaccination.
We can confirm that the record of any child who has received their vaccination at school or at a community clinic will have been uploaded by our team onto our immunisation database and shared with the National Immunisation Vaccination System.
We would like to apologise to all parents and carers who may have received this text in error. We have raised these concerns and issues with the NHS South West Public Health Commissioning Team, who are currently investigating.
However, if you know your child has not yet received their nasal flu vaccine and you would like them to receive it, please don’t hesitate to call our team on 0300 421 8140, who will advise of locations and dates of community clinics.
Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
What you need to know about the nasal flu vaccine
For the first time ever, the Immunisation Team will be delivering the Nasal Flu Programme to Reception children in primary schools, all the way up to Year 11 students in secondary schools.
As in previous years, this year’s vaccination is delivered through a simple nasal spray. The nasal spray not only protects your child from flu, but also protects your wider family and community as, when it comes to flu, children are what is known as “super spreaders”.
Our Immunisation Team will be continuing PPE (personal protective equipment) practices and following NHS and Government guidelines to keep your children and themselves safe when delivering the vaccine.
Does the nasal spray contain porcine gelatine?
The nasal spray contains very small amounts of porcine gelatine. Some people may not accept the use of porcine gelatine in medical products.
For these children we are also offering an injectable version of the flu vaccine. To have this version of the vaccine, parents/carers will be required to call our team on 0300 421 8140 to book into one of our Countywide Community Clinics.
How will it be delivered?
As in previous years, this year’s vaccination is delivered through a simple nasal spray. And, as in previous years, the nasal spray not only protects your child from flu, but also protects your wider family and community as, when it comes to flu, children are what is known as “super spreaders”.
Our Immunisation team will be continuing PPE (personal protective equipment) practices and following NHS and Government guidelines to keep your children and themselves safe when delivering the vaccine.
What do I need to do now?
The team will be sending home information packs and consent forms in children’s book bags. Please keep an eye out for these and return the consent form to school, either consenting or declining the offer, as soon as possible.
For those that have children in secondary school, look out for the information packs they will be bringing home.
It is important to fill out a consent form for each child, whether you have consented to the vaccination or declined it. Failure to respond will result in further contact from the Immunisation Team to ensure you have received the offer of the flu vaccination for your child.
To find out more, or to book an appointment for your child to have their nasal spray or injectable vaccine, give the Immunisation Team a call on 0300 421 8140, or check out the Immunisation Team’s twitter – @TeamImms
More information, including flu immunisation leaflets, can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-leaflets-and-posters
Flu information leaflets have been translated and are available in the following languages:
- British Sign Language (BSL)
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional chinese
- Large print version