Getting the flu is horrible. It can cause:

  • a fever
  • a blocked nose
  • sore throat
  • aches
  • and tiredness.

In the most serious cases, it can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia.

The FREE nasal spray is the best defence children have against the flu. It's quick, safe and - because it is a spray rather than injection - painless too!

Who can have it?

The nasal spray is offered free to children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Most children will receive the free nasal spray at their school. If your child misses this, they can receive their free nasal spray at special catch-up clinics. Further information on these clinics found by visiting schoolvaccination.uk, calling 01902 682922 or emailing vaccinationwolverhampton@evguk.co.uk.

The vaccine is also available to children aged two and three, and children aged 11 and over with some long-term health conditions, from GPs.

For more information about the flu vaccine, please visit nhs.uk/child-flu or read Protecting Your Child Against Flu, and check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Flu Fighters Versus Chilly, Achy and Snotty 

Read how our heroes Amy, Raj and Daniel became Flu Fighters to defeat the trio of evil invading aliens from the Planet Bogey in 2018’s free storybook. Get your copy from the download section.


Flu Fighters in… The Battle of Planet Bogey

Read how our fearless Flu Fighters get on against Lord Fever and his fiendish friends in 2019’s free storybook, The Battle of Planet Bogey! Get your copy from the download section.

Flu Fighters The Battle of Planet Bogey

Local children inspire 2019’s campaign

Primary school-aged children were invited to enter a competition to create new alien foes for this year’s Flu Fighters story, with more than 350 incredible entries flying in.

Following much deliberation, judges selected St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School pupil Fynn Flanagan's Flu Twins, Wheezy and Sneezy, to join the alien hoard, while characters drawn by Fynn's sister Ayla, also a pupil at St Anthony’s, and Evie Clarke, of Oak Meadow Primary School, helped inspire the new alien leader, Lord Fever. The winning designs have been incorporated into this year's story, Flu Fighters in The Battle of Planet Bogey.

Judges also gave a special award to six-year-old Cleo Lovatt from Woodthorne Primary School for her fabulous creation Freezy, who may appear in a future tale.

Read the press release for more information and well done to everyone who entered.

Flu Fighters

Flu vaccination dates

Here is the schedule for flu vaccinations in Wolverhampton’s schools this autumn and winter. Please note, dates are subject to change. For further information, contact Vaccination UK on 01902 682403 or 01902 682674.

School

Date

Bantock Primary School 10 December
Berrybrook Primary School 9 October
Bilston Church of England Primary School 7 November
Broadmeadow Special School 11 October
Bushbury Hill Primary School 26 November
Bushbury Lane Academy 21 November
Castlecroft Primary School 16 October
Christ Church, Church of England Infant School 18 October
Christ Church, Church of England Junior School 18 October
Claregate Primary School 14 October
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy 19 November
D’Eyncourt Primary School 19 December
Dovecotes Primary School 28 November
Dunstall Hill Primary School 22 October
East Park Academy 12 November
Eastfield Primary School 13 November
Edward the Elder Primary School 14 November
Elston Hall Primary School 3 December
Fallings Park Primary School 29 November
Field View Primary School 5 November
Goldthorn Park Primary School 25 October
Graiseley Primary School 5 December
Green Park School 10 October
Grove Primary School 4 November
Hill Avenue Academy 24 October
Holy Rosary Catholic Primary Academy 13 November
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary 5 November
Lanesfield Primary School 23 October
Long Knowle Primary School 19 November
Loxdale Primary School 8 November
Manor Primary School 22 November
Manor Year [4 & Catch ups] 16 December
Merridale Primary School 23 October
Newbridge Preparatory School 15 October
Nishkam Primary School 5 December
Northern House School 11 October
Northwood Park Primary School 2 December
Oak Meadow Primary School 15 November
Palmers Cross Primary School 4 December
Parkfield Primary School 7 November
Penn Hall Primary School 8 October
Penn Fields Primary School 8 October
Perry Hall School 14 November
Rakegate Primary School 4 December
The Royal Wolverhampton 11 December
Springdale Primary School 12 December
Spring Vale Primary School 10 December
SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy 4 November
SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy 9 December
St Alban's C of E Academy 15 November
St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School 21 October
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School 28 November
St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School 16 December
St Jude’s Church of England Primary Academy 15 October
St Luke’s Church of England Primary School [Reception to Year 5] 22 October
St Luke’s Church of England Primary School [Year 6] 17 December
St Martin’s Church of England Primary School 11 November
St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy 21 November
St Michael’s Church of England Primary School 14 October
St Michaels Catholic Primary Academy 13 December
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School 18 November
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School 26 November
St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School 25 November
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy 21 October
St Thomas’ Church of England Primary Academy 20 November
Stow Heath Primary School 8 November
Stowlawn Primary School 10 October
Tettenhall College 11 October
Tettenhall Wood School 07 October
Trinity Church of England Primary Academy R,1,2,3&5 24 October
Trinity Church of England Primary Academy Year 4 & 6 25 October
Uplands Junior School 17 December
Villiers Primary School 6 November
Warstones Primary School 13 December
West Park Primary School 17 October
Westacre Infant School 9 December
Westcroft School 9 October
Whitgreave Primary School 27 November
Wilkinson Primary School 11 November
Woden Primary School 25 November
Wodensfield Primary School 18 November
Wood End Primary School 20 November
Woodfield Primary School 6 December
Woodthorne Primary School 16 October
Wolverhampton Grammar School 17 October

Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my child receive the vaccine?

Children in primary school will receive their vaccine in the school setting.

Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August will receive their vaccine in the GP setting.

Your child’s School or GP will contact you about getting vaccinated before the winter.

Why are healthy children being offered flu vaccine?

Flu is a disease that spreads very rapidly, potentially causing widespread illness, especially in those who are already vulnerable because of their age or medical condition. So if children are vaccinated against flu they will not only benefit directly by being protected themselves, they will also reduce the spread of flu and help protect the whole population. In particular, they will help to protect those children and adults who cannot or do not have the vaccine.

Does my child have to have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

No. As with all immunisations, flu vaccinations for children are optional. However, this vaccine will help protect them from what can be an unpleasant illness, as well as stopping them spreading flu to vulnerable friends and relatives.

What vaccine will my child receive?

Most children will be offered the Fluenz nasal spray. This is a single spray squirted up each nostril. It is needle free, quick and painless.

Can’t my child have the injected flu vaccine instead of the nasal spray?

The nasal flu vaccine is more effective than the injected vaccine and is therefore the preferred option.

Will the flu vaccine give my child flu?

No. The vaccine contains viruses that have been weakened to prevent them from causing flu.

Why is the Fluenz nasal spray vaccine being used?

The flu virus enters the body through the nose and mouth. From there it is transmitted to the throat and upper airways where it rapidly replicates and goes on to cause the symptoms of flu. Because Fluenz also enters the body through the nose it mimics the flu virus and results in a better immune response than an injected vaccine.

This means that, compared with injected and less active vaccines, Fluenz:

  • Is more effective
  • Provides protection for longer
  • May offer protection against slightly different types of flu virus
  • Is easier to give and more comfortable to have
How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine contains live but weakened flu viruses that do not cause flu in children. It will help your child build up immunity to flu in a similar way as natural infection, but without symptoms.

Because the main flu viruses change each year, a new nasal spray vaccine has to be given each year.

Does the nasal flu vaccine contain pork?

Yes, the vaccine contains a highly processed form of gelatine that is derived from pigs – porcine gelatine. This gelatine helps to keep the vaccine viruses stable to ensure it provides the best protection against flu.

Why is porcine gelatine used in vaccines?

Gelatine is used in a very wide range of medicines, including many capsules and some vaccines. Porcine gelatine is used in vaccines as a stabiliser – to ensure that the vaccine remains safe and effective during storage.

Vaccine manufacturers normally test a wide range of stabilisers and choose one that is stable, good quality and available in sufficient volume. Unlike the gelatine used in foods, the product used in vaccines is highly purified and broken down into very small molecules called peptides.

Why can’t vaccines be made with other stabilisers or other types of gelatine?

Developing a vaccine takes many years of laboratory testing and clinical studies to ensure that it is both safe and effective. Once the manufacturer has chosen the stabiliser for the vaccine, any change in this could require extensive laboratory and clinical studies to show that the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine has not been affected. Because of this, developing a new safe and effective vaccine with a different stabiliser may take several years or may never happen.

Are there any suitable alternatives to this vaccine?

For healthy children, there are no suitable alternatives.

There are injectable flu vaccines that do not contain pork gelatine, but these are expected to be less effective than Fluenz Tetra® in children. They may also do less

to reduce the spread of flu in the community. These vaccines are only recommended as part of the programme for children and adults who are at high risk of the complications of flu.

What is the view of the faith communities?

Public Health England (PHE) has consulted with the Kashrut and Medicines Information Service, who said: ‘It should be noted that according to Jewish laws, there is no problem with porcine or other animal derived ingredients in non-oral products. This includes vaccines, including those administered via the nose, injections, suppositories, creams and ointments.’

The Muslim Council of Britain position states ‘that vaccines containing porcine are not permitted in Islam unless lives are at risk and there are no alternatives. Muslims should not automatically refuse treatment. Health is paramount, anyone concerned about the use of gelatine in vaccines must consult a medical practitioner and make an informed decision.’

PHE acknowledges that there is diversity within the British Muslim and Jewish communities and they, and some other groups, may consider medicines and vaccines containing any porcine product to be forbidden. In these circumstances, it is likely that the individual would be unable to accept many pharmaceutical products unless there was no suitable alternative and/or the product was considered life-saving.

Where can I find out more information on the flu vaccine?

For more information on the flu vaccine for children click the following links:

 

For more information on the pork content of the vaccine click the following link:

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