Getting the flu is horrible. It can cause:
- a fever
- a blocked nose
- sore throat
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.
Any child or young person who have missed their vaccination slot at school can get it either at one of the special Saturday catch-up clinics being held at Christ the King Church, Pendeford Avenue, WV6 9PW on Saturday 26 October from 9am-1pm or the Phoenix Centre, Parkfield Road, WV4 6ED on Saturday 14 December from 9am-1pm, or by contacting their GP.
|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||12 December|
|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||2 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The nasal flu vaccine is more effective than the injected vaccine and is therefore the preferred option.
No. The vaccine contains viruses that have been weakened to prevent them from causing flu.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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