So far, we have had an impressive 195 pupils sign up for our ‘flu vaccinations on 3rd December. There is still time to sign up and we urge you to do so.
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.
Please complete the consent form (one for each child, please) using the following link https://saint.sompar.nhs.uk/flu/2020/west as soon as possible, this link will close at least one week prior to the session date. If you are unable to access the online consent form for any reason please contact Somerset SAINT for assistance.
Please complete the consent form even if you do not consent to the vaccination.
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 the following number: 0300 3230032.
There is an expectation that the immunisation team will only visit Thurlbear school once during this programme, although community based catch up sessions for children will be offered at the end of 2020/early 2021.
If your child becomes wheezy or has, their asthma medications increased just before or on the day of the vaccination session, please inform the immunisation team on the day.