Children’s flu vaccinations: What do you need to know?
Who will be offered the vaccination?
In 2020/21, the children’s flu vaccination is being offered to:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2020 – born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
- all primary school children (reception to year 6)
- all year 7 in secondary school
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions
Our children’s immunisation nurses will be delivering the vaccinations to all primary school children and those in year 7 of secondary school.
How will it be delivered this year?
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”.
Because of Covid-19, we have had to make some changes to the way we deliver our school-aged flu vaccinations. This is so we can create a safe environment for your children and their school.
What will be different?
Our nurses will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to protect your child, their school, and themselves. We know this might seem scary or strange to some children, so this picture will help them know what to expect.
We will not be solely school-based this year. As well as our normal visits to schools to deliver the flu vaccination, we will also be running school based community clinics in addition to our countywide community clinics outside of school hours.
What do I need to do now?
We’ll be sending home information packs and consent forms in your children’s book bags, so please keep an eye out for these and make sure you return the consent forms as soon as possible.
This year’s consent form will be able to be completed online, or as a paper copy. Even if you do not want your child to have their flu vaccination, it is important that you consent or decline the flu vaccination via either the paper or online consent form. Failure to do so will result in further contact from the Immunisation Team to ensure you have received the offer of vaccination.
To consent online, click here or scan the QR code below:
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