Somerset SAINTS re: flu vaccinations

Somerset SAINT

(School Aged Children Immunisation Nursing Team) will be visiting our school on October 19th to deliver flu vaccinations (in the form of a nasal spray). Here is all the information you will need to register your child. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not register, your child will not receive a vaccination. ANY queries, contact Somerset SAINTS and NOT our Office Team (for once!) as we are not leading on this.

Tel: 0300 3230032

Here is the correspondence:

Dear Parent/Guardian

FLU VACCINATION FOR ALL SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

(From Reception up to and including Year 6)

From September all school aged children from Reception up to and including Year 6 will be offered the flu vaccination.

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.

This vaccination is part of the NHS routine immunisation programme for which your child is now due.

Further information can be found at the NHS 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://www.somersetsaint.co.uk/Forms/Flu enter your schools (Thurlbear CofE Primary School) unique code SM123849, this link will close on the morning of the session date but we request that you do this as soon as possible. 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.

If your child is not in mainstream education or is home educated, then please contact Somerset SAINT on the above number to book into one of our community-based sessions. The consent form can only be completed by someone with parental responsibility, if you have any queries about whether you hold parental responsibility and are therefore able to complete the consent form, please contact the immunisation team on the above number.

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