Flu vaccinations in schools and early years settings

This year’s flu season has now started and those invited to get a flu vaccination, by their GP or employer, are being urged to take up the offer to prevent the spread of flu across the district.

It will be the first year that all year 1 and 2 school children will also be offered the nasal spray vaccine through the school nursing system in schools.

All 2, 3 and 4 year olds also qualify for a free flu vaccination although parents and carers will be invited to have their nasal spray separately by their GP.

Children under the age of 18 with a serious medical condition will also be offered a vaccination by their GP.

These conditions include chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, splenic dysfunction, neurological disease or diabetes and those with a weakened immune system.

Adults who are pregnant, over 65 or who have a medical condition can also get a free vaccination from their GP or from many local pharmacies.

Anyone not in an at-risk group can also get the injection from pharmacies, although a charge of around £10 will apply. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to a vaccination as a care or social worker, please contact your line manager.

Anita Parkin, Head of Public Health for Bradford Council, says:

“If you receive a letter from your GP or employer, it’s because you need to protect yourself from the flu.  Making an appointment to have a quick and simple vaccination is a lot quicker than suffering from the flu for several days.”

“It’s not just a cold.  Flu is very contagious and can be a really serious illness. Having the flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you; it helps stop the flu spreading to other people who may be even more vulnerable than yourself.”

Further information:

Advice for parents and schools

Who should have the flu vaccination

To help you stop getting flu (easy read)


Information

Published: 05/10/2015
Audience: Schools, headteachers, teachers, parents, carers
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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