Children’s flu vaccinations

What you need to know about the nasal flu vaccine

 

The Immunisation Team are delivering the Nasal Flu Programme to Reception children in primary schools, all the way up to Year 9 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

‘Catch up’ clinic dates

 

October, November and December 2022

Cheltenham

Location: Cheltenham West Fire Station
Tewkesbury Road, Uckington
Cheltenham GL51 9TZ

 

  • Tuesday 25 October
  • Saturday 26 November
  • Saturday 10 December
Cinderford

Location: Dilke Hospital
Speech House Road
Cinderford GL14 3HX

 

  • Wednesday 26 October
Cirencester

Location: Cirencester Hospital Quern Outpatients
Tetbury Road
Cirencester GL7 1UY

 

  • Wednesday 26 October
Dursley

Location: Treetops Children and Family Centre
School Road
Dursley GL11 4NZ

 

  • Friday 28 October
Gloucester

Location: Gloucester North Fire Station
Cheltenham Road East
Gloucester GL3 1AF

 

  • Monday 24 October
  • Saturday 19 November
  • Saturday 3 December
  • Saturday 17 December
Lydney

Location: Lydney Hospital Outpatients
Grove Road
Lydney GL15 5JE

 

  • Thursday 27 October
Tewkesbury

Location: Tewkesbury Community Hospital
Outpatients, Barton Road
Tewkesbury GL20 5GJ

 

  • Thursday 27 October

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.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment using our online booking system.

 

 

Further information

 

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:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Braille
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional chinese
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Large print version
  • Polish
  • Romani
  • Romanian
  • Somali
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
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