Flu Vaccine - important information!
Is your child in school years Reception to Year 6?
They can receive the Flu Vaccination FREE at school
You should receive a letter from your child’s school telling you how to provide consent online. You can also do this by filling out an online consent form for each of your children in years Reception to Year 6 using this link:
You will need a school code to fill out the form, you will find this in one of the school lists:
See ‘Child Yearly Flu Vaccination’ further down the page for more FLU FACTS!
What does the Immunisation Team do?
The Trust has a dedicated School Aged Immunisation Team made up of professionals who are highly skilled and experienced in giving vaccinations. The immunisation teams cover all school aged children living in Nottingham City, County and Bassetlaw.
It is important to protect our children and young people against a number of dangerous infectious diseases. The National Immunisation Programme means that diseases like Polio have disappeared in the UK; this is only possible by maintaining the high vaccination rates for children and young people across our local communities.The Trust has a dedicated School Aged Immunisation Team made up of professionals who are highly skilled and experienced in giving vaccinations. The immunisation teams cover all school aged children living in Nottingham City, County and Bassetlaw.
The service follows the National Immunisation Programme and offers vaccinations to protect against Meningococcal ACWY, school leavers booster of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (Td/IPV) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Hear Laura's story. Laura didn't have the HPV vaccine and went on to develop cervical cancer at just 25. It's important to have the HPV vaccine which protects against the Human Papillomavirus that causes more than 70% of cervical cancers. Read the HPV leaflet above for more information.
How does our service work?
The School Aged Immunisation Team delivers the school-based vaccination programme in Nottinghamshire County, Nottingham City and Bassetlaw. The programme is offered in schools, however, clinics and home visits are offered when a need is identified.
The team engages with over 350 primary schools and over 70 secondary schools as well as accessing independent schools, special schools, alternative education provisions and supporting young people who are home educated or not in education.
The service is provided by a team of skilled and experienced nurses and support staff.
Consent for vaccinations is initially required from parents. The decision to have the vaccination is legally the young persons for those vaccinations offered in senior schools. If, on the day, they are deemed to understand the reasons for the vaccination and the issues in giving consent they will be given the opportunity to self-consent to the vaccination. However, in appropriate cases, the nurse would much rather have your permission as well.
We also like to record vaccine refusals from both young people and parents to ensure their health records are up to date and to identify any concerns that are highlighted. If you are unsure about having the vaccinations or if you would like to discuss anything further, please contact the team.
The service offers the following immunisation programmes in schools:
- Seasonal Flu vaccination to protect healthy children against Flu (in school years Reception through to Year 6).
- Seasonal Flu vaccination to protect children in special schools against Flu (4–18 years of age).
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to protect against cervical cancer (in school years 8 and 9).
- Teenage booster and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations to protect young people against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio and Meningitis (in school year 9). This Immunisations for Young People Guide outlines and explains these vaccinations and why they are needed.
This vaccine checklist explains what is routinely offered to everyone in the UK on the NHS and the ages at which they should ideally be given.
Our service is delivered from:
- All schools in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw.
- Community clinics.
- Home visits (where there is an identified need).
Child Yearly Flu Vaccination
In Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City, seasonal Flu is offered to primary school children by our team. From the school year 2019-20, it will be offered to all children in reception, years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (children born between 01.09.2008 and 31.08.2015). You may find the following information useful:
Why get your child vaccinated?
- It helps keep your child safe from Flu.
- Flu can be a nasty illness and sometimes causes really serious problems.
- It is a quick and simple nose spray that works the same as a Flu jab.
- Giving your child the Flu spray will stop the spread. This will help keep friends and family safe. Older people and those with illnesses are most at risk if they catch Flu from children.
- It is FREE for your child.
- Flu changes, so even if they had the vaccination last year they need it again this year.
www.nhs.uk/child-flu has more information and tells you which children need the Flu jab instead of the nose spray.
When will the team visit your child’s school?
You can check when the team is due to visit your child’s school to offer the Flu vaccination below:
- Primary-School-Flu-Immunisation-dates 2019---City
How do you let us know you want your child to have the Flu vaccination?
Your school will have been sent a letter and a leaflet to send out to all parents/carers via email. This will give you all the information you need to provide consent along with a code which you will need in order to confirm the school they attend.
If you haven’t received a letter through school . . .
Please fill in one online consent form for each child using this link:
- You will need to ensure you are completing a Flu consent form (it will say at the top of the page).
- Press Confirm School after you have entered the school code into the consent form (this will show the name of the school so you can check it is correct).
The list of school codes can be found here:
- Primary-School-Flu-Immunisation-dates 2019---City
Nasal Flu vaccine and Porcine gelatine
Please find below Fatwa Flu vaccine information on Porcine gelatine from Nottinghamshire County Council
You may also find the following link to Public Health England's Vaccines and Porcine gelatine leaflet useful which is available in other of languages.
Team Contact Details
Bassetlaw Immunisation Team, Retford Hospital, North Road, Retford DN22 7XF
9.00am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Lead Clinician: Helen Firth
Service Commissioned By: NHS England/Public Health England