Getting your child vaccinated will help them to avoid becoming seriously ill with things such as the flu.
At Reception age (school entry) your child will receive a health assessment. This includes a health questionnaire which will help the school nurse to identify:
If your child’s immunisations are up to date
If your child is registered with a dentist
If your child has any medical or health problems
Also at this time, your child will be offered vision and hearing screening and they will also have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). A further health assessment will be completed in Year 6 on transition to high school.
The flu vaccination
One of the common vaccinations available is the flu vaccine. This vaccination is recommended to help protect your child against flu. Flu can be an unpleasant illness and sometimes causes serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable friends and family by preventing the spread of flu.
From 2021, all children in Primary Schools (Reception - Year 6) and High Schools (Year 7 - Year 11) will be offered the nasal flu vaccination in school. Your child's school will email you our letter informing you of the vaccination and how to give consent. A leaflet explaining the vaccination programme will be enclosed with the letter and includes details about the small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate.
The vaccination is free and is a quick and simple spray up the nose. Even if your child had it last year, it is recommended to have the flu vaccine again this year.
In September 2021, we moved to an e-consent system where you submit a consent form via our e-consent site. The link for this and your child's school code will also be in the letter sent out by school.
Since the programme was introduced, most children offered the vaccine in schools have had the immunisation. If you have any queries, please contact the healthcare team on 01244 397470.
If your child becomes wheezy or has their asthma medication increased after you return this form, please contact the healthcare team on 01244 397470.
If you decide you do not want to vaccinate your child against flu, please return the consent form giving the reason. This will help us plan and improve the service.