NHS encourages flu jabs for school pupils

The vaccine is administered via a painless nasal spray.The vaccine is administered via a painless nasal spray.
The vaccine is administered via a painless nasal spray.
Parents and carers are being urged to keep children healthy over the winter school terms by having them vaccinated against flu.

All primary and secondary school pupils are eligible for the vaccine, which is given in schools as a painless nasal spray.

Getting children vaccinated against flu reduces the chances of them missing class time and other activities and helps to prevent them passing the illness to vulnerable family members.

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Consent packs containing a letter, leaflet and consent form are being sent home to parents and carers of school children this month. Secondary pupils can self-consent, though they are encouraged to speak to a parent or carer first.

Letters with appointment details for children aged two to five years who are not yet at school will begin to arrive at homes from September. Parents and carers should call the number on the letter if their child misses their appointment or needs to reschedule.

Dr Daniel Chandler, NHS Tayside’s Associate Director of Public Health, said: “Getting the nasal spray flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child and those around them. The flu virus changes over time so your child needs to get the vaccine each year to help them stay protected.

“Please look out for your child’s consent pack, which they will receive through school from August, and ensure that their completed consent form is returned on time if you wish them to receive the vaccine.”

For more information, visit www.nhsinform.scot/childflu or call 0800 030 8013.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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