Flu immunisation for primary school children

From October 2016, all children in school Years 1, 2 and 3 in England will be offered a free flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray.

Flu is a very unpleasant illness for anyone, but can be very serious and even life threatening for some people, such as the elderly and those with long term health conditions.

The extension of the national flu immunisation programme to children in school years 1, 2 and 3 is part of a phased roll out of the vaccine to all children.

The flu vaccine will not only provide important protection to children from flu, but will also help to reduce the spread of flu to other people. It is being offered in schools because this is the most effective way to ensure good uptake. Reception children will continue to be offered the vaccine by their GP.

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust have been commissioned by NHS England to deliver the immunisation programme in the Bradford District. They will contact primary schools on an individual basis during June to agree an effective and manageable approach for delivering the vaccine in each school.

Public Health England and the NHS have produced guidance for head teachers, and other school staff, which answers frequently asked questions about the programme. To download a copy click here

Any parent queries relating to the nasal flu campaign for years 1, 2 and 3 should be forwarded on to the immunisation team to respond. Can schools please not send out any of their own letters in relation to the nasal flu campaign as this confuses parents and affects their decision making. We advise that only the pack which is left in school for the child goes home with them, without anything being added or altering. Please contact the immunisation team for any further queries:

Immunisation Team, Horton Park Centre, 99 Horton Park Avenue, Bradford, BD7 3EG Tel: 01274 221203 www.bdct.nhs.uk


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Published: 14/10/2016
Audience: Headteachers, Teachers, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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