Flu Vaccination for children in Reception and Year 1 2 3 4

18 September 2017

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September 2017

Parent /Guardian

Flu vaccination for children in Reception and Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. We would like to offer you the opportunity to protect your child against seasonal flu (influenza) this winter. Flu is a highly contagious viral infection affecting the respiratory system. This vaccine will protect all children from flu and its associated complications, such as pneumonia and middle ear infection. It will also help to reduce the spread of flu and thus protect many others, such as younger siblings, pregnant women, grandparents and those in “at risk” groups (i.e with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney problems). From October 2017 all children in Reception and years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered flu vaccination through a nasal spray. This extension of the national flu immunisation programme to children is part of a phased introduction, based on the advice of independent experts. This vaccination is annual so if your child received the vaccine last year they will need to have it again this year.

A leaflet explaining the programme is enclosed. This information includes details about children for whom the nasal spray is not appropriate. Any further information can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/child-flu or contact your Immunisation Team.

Fluenz Tetra® will be the vaccine used for children in this programme and one dose will be given nasally. The Patient information leaflet for the nasal flu can be found at:

www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/29109.

Some schools have access to a flu video clip we have produced and may show this to the children before the session. Should you wish to view this video with your child it can be seen by visiting:

https://youtu.be/9vEi0pdcH_w-

Please complete the enclosed consent form and return it to the school within 7 days of receipt of this letter, so your child can be given the vaccine. Please note if the consent form is returned after this date your child may not be able to have the vaccine.

If your child becomes wheezy or has their asthma medication increased just before or on the day of the vaccination session, or you would just like some more advice or information please contact the vaccination team on 024 7696 1422 or email bewise.immunise@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Wayside House, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, CV6 6NY

Tel: 024 7636 2100 Fax: 024 7636 8949