Children’s flu vaccinations
What you need to know
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
‘Catch up’ clinic dates
October, November and December 2021
Location: Cheltenham Uckington Fire Station
Cheltenham GL51 9TZ
- Thursday 28 October
- Saturday 20 November
- Saturday 18 December
- Tuesday 21 December
- Thursday 23 December
- Tuesday 28 December
- Saturday 15 January 2022
Location: Dilke Hospital Outpatients
Speech House Road
Cinderford GL14 3HX
- Wednesday 27 October (x2)
Location: Cirencester Hospital Quern Outpatients
Cirencester GL7 1UY
- Wednesday 27 October (x2)
Location: Treetops Children and Family Centre
Dursley GL11 4NZ
- Tuesday 26 October
Location: Fairford Outpatients Department
Fairford GL7 4BB
- Thursday 28 October (x2)
Location: Gloucester North Fire Station
Cheltenham Road East
Gloucester GL3 1AF
- Saturday 16 October
- Monday 25 October
- Friday 29 October
- Saturday 13 November
- Saturday 11 December
Location: Lydney Hospital Outpatients
Lydney GL15 5JE
- Monday 25 October (x2)
- Thursday 23 December (x1)
PLEASE NOTE: All community clinics are by appointment only. If your child is unable to attend any of the above clinics please contact the Immunisation team to arrange an alternative appointment.
For further information, or to book an appointment, call the immunisation team on 0300 421 8140.
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