Who is this service for?

This year the vaccination programme will include reception year through to year 6 children. The vaccination is free and recommended for young children and will be given by a quick and simple spray up the nose.

Who provides the 'Flu vaccinations in schools?

Since September 2015 the children’s ‘flu vaccine has been offered as a yearly nasal spray free to eligible children. This year, North Somerset Community Partnership will deliver the ‘flu vaccination in North Somerset and Bristol schools and Sirona care & health will provide the ‘flu vaccination in South Gloucestershire schools.

Use of porcine gelatine in 'Flu vaccines

The ‘flu vaccine is a nasal spray which contains a highly processed form of gelatine (porcine gelatine), which is used in a range of essential medicines.
The gelatine helps to keep the vaccine viruses stable so that the vaccine provides the best protection against ‘flu.
Some faith groups accept the use of porcine gelatine in medical products – the decision is, of course, up to you.
If you would like to discuss this with the team, please contact us on 01275 373104 or email: nscp.sch-imms@nhs.net
For further information about porcine gelatine and the nasal flu vaccine, read how and why porcine gelatine is used in vaccines here.

Information on eggs in vaccines

The viruses used in this vaccine are grown on hens’ eggs and the vaccine may contain very small amounts of egg protein.
Children with an egg allergy can safely have the nasal spray vaccine, unless they have had a life-threatening reaction to eggs that required intensive care.

'Flu vaccine shedding

The nasal spray vaccine has a good safety record. Unvaccinated children or adults are not at risk of catching ‘flu from the vaccine, either through being in the same room where ‘flu vaccine has been given or by being in contact with a recently vaccinated individual.
Although vaccinated children are known to shed virus for a few days after vaccination, it is less able to spread from person to person than the natural infection. The amount of virus shed is normally below the levels needed to pass on infection to others and the virus does not survive for long outside of the body.
This is in contrast to natural ‘flu infection, which spreads easily during the ‘flu season.

Side effects and adverse reactions

Common side effects of this ‘flu vaccine can include a runny or blocked nose, loss of appetite, tiredness and headaches. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days or if you are worried about your child please contact your GP for advice. Suspected adverse reactions can be reported using the yellow card scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk or visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu.

Children in clinical risk groups

If your child is in a clinical risk group (please refer to the leaflet provided with the letter and consent form sent to you in September 2019) and has never received a flu immunisation before, they should have a second dose approximately 4 weeks from their first immunisation date. To arrange an appointment please contact the Immunisation Coordination Team on 01275 373104 or email nscp.sch-imms@nhs.net.

If you have missed the school immunisation session

If your child(ren) has missed their school immunisation, there are sessions across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. To arrange an appointment please contact the Immunisation Coordination Team on 01275 373104 or email nscp.sch-imms@nhs.net.