From November 2015 children in years 1 and 2 will be offered a yearly flu vaccine in school.
The vaccine is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free, it is quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. Its brand name is Fluenz Tetra.
Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including a temperature, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week.
Children are good at spreading flu, because they tend to sneeze everywhere and they may not always use tissues properly or wash their hands.
Vaccinating children each year will provide a number of advantages:
- It will provide your child with direct protection, thus preventing a large number of cases of flu in children.
- It will provide indirect protection by lowering flu transmission from children to other children, adults and to those in the clinical risk groups of any age. This will stop many cases of severe flu and flu-related deaths in older adults and people with clinical risk factors.
There are a few children for whom the flu vaccine is not suitable, those who have:
- a severely weakened immune system
- severe egg allergy
- severe asthma (children with mild or moderate asthma are able to have the flu nasal spray)
- active wheezing at the time of vaccination
You will be contacted by the School Nursing Service in September/October 2015 about getting your child vaccinated.
You will receive a letter, a leaflet about the programme and a consent form.
Please complete the consent form and return it to school in the envelope provided as soon as possible.
If the nurse needs to ask you any questions she will contact you so please make sure you add your contact details to the form.
If you want more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, please contact your child’s School Nurse by accessing our webpage and follow the link to find your school nurse’s contact details.
Also you can like us on our Facebook page on where you’ll find regular posts about the childhood flu programme.
The vaccine is also offered routinely to all children aged two, three and four (i.e. children with a date of birth on or after September 1 2010 and on or before August 31 2013). Children who are also at risk of developing complications from flu are also offered the vaccine by their GP.
For more information on the childhood flu vaccine visit nhs choices website.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when someone is taking advantage of a young person sexually for their own benefit. It affects both boys and girls and abusers can be very manipulative; often young people don’t know they are being used and sometimes young people have been reported as missing from home.
The impact of CSE on young people and their families is far reaching. Our School Nursing teams work with their partners in Health, Education, Children’s Social Care, Police and the Voluntary Sector to support and educate young people about healthy relationships and how to use mobiles and the internet safely
Every day more cases of CSE are being identified, if you would like more to know more please follow the links below.
Talk to someone you can trust if you are worried about anything. If you can’t speak to someone close to you, call the police on 101.