All children in Reception, Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 and all children who attend special schools are being offered an annual flu vaccination as part of a government programme to extend flu immunisation to children.
For most children, the vaccine is given as a simple nasal spray – no injections are involved. A very small number of children are not able to have the nasal spray for medical reasons. They will be offered the flu vaccination by injection to the upper arm. The school nurse will contact you if your child is unable to receive the nasal spray.
A letter and leaflet explaining the vaccination programme and the consent form will be distributed to parents via schools.
For children who do not attend school, parents will receive the letter and consent form by post from Lincolnshire County Council and parents will be asked to contact their local school nurse team to arrange for the vaccination to be given to their child at a local health centre.
Spare consent forms can be downloaded.
If your child’s health changes between returning the consent form and the vaccination date, please inform your local school nurse team.
If your child is absent from school or unable to have the vaccine on the vaccination day there will be another opportunity for he/she to be vaccinated at one of the mop up clinics offered across the county in December.
Should you wish to discuss anything relating to the childhood flu vaccinations, please contact you local school nursing team or visit our Flu FAQs section.