From September 2021 all school aged children (from Reception up to and including Year 11) will be offered the flu vaccination. (Please note that in special educational needs schools, the vaccination will be offered to children up to and including 17 years old).
The vaccine is given as a simple spray up the nose. It is painless, quick, and serious side effects are uncommon. It is designed to protect your child against flu which can be an unpleasant illness and, although rarely may cause serious complications. The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains that are predicted to circulate in the coming season. These strains may change from year to year which is why we recommend receiving the vaccination every year.
Further information can be found at the Public Health England website
www.nhs.uk/child-flu . This information includes details about children for whom the nasal spray is not appropriate.
Somerset School aged immunisation team (SAINT) will be completing the programme in schools. Find out more on their website here:https://www.somersetft.nhs.uk/saints-school-age-immunisation-team/.
The immunisations will take place at Willowdown on Thursday 13th January 2022.
If your child is Reception aged or older you will receive a letter with a link to complete a consent form, even if you do not consent to the vaccination. Please complete one form per child. This is the link to the consent form:https://saint.somersetft.nhs.uk/flu/2021/west.
The consent form can only completed by someone with parental responsibility, if you have any queries about whether or not you hold parental responsibility and are therefore able to complete the consent form please contact the immunisation team on this number: 0300 3230032.
Many thanks for responding to this request for immunisation of your child.