With flu vaccinations now well underway in Wolverhampton schools, parents and guardians are being urged to complete online consent forms as soon as possible so that their children can get protected this autumn.

This year, all children from Reception to Year 11 will be eligible for the free vaccination, which is safe and effective. For the majority of children, the vaccine will be given via a nasal spray, not a needle. For children who require a pork gelatine-free alternative, or who are unable to have the nasal spray for medical reasons, an injectable vaccination is available on request.

Parents are urged to return their child’s consent forms as soon as possible to ensure they don't miss out. Consent can be given online at Flu Immunisation 2023/24. Verbal consent can be given by calling Vaccination UK on 01902 200077. Requests for the injectable vaccination can be made when giving consent.

Each school will be visited twice by Vaccination UK, giving children who may have been off the first time the chance to have their vaccination.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: “Flu can be deadly and easily spread by children and adults. The free vaccine is the best way to protect your children and other family members, particularly more vulnerable relatives like grandparents or those with underlying health conditions, from becoming ill because of the flu.

"The vaccination is quick and safe and it's also painless for most children because it can be given via a nasal spray, rather than via injection.

"I would urge parents and guardians to complete their consent form as soon as possible, so their children can become Flu Fighters this autumn."

Children aged 2 and 3, and children with some long term health conditions, are also eligible for the nasal spray, with their vaccinations given at their local GP surgery. Parents and carers are encouraged to contact their GP if they haven’t yet received an invitation.

To find out more about the flu vaccine for children, read the answers to frequently asked questions and to enjoy the 4 exciting Flu Fighters stories for children, Flu Fighters Versus Chilly, Achy and Snotty, Flu Fighters in The Battle of Planet Bogey, Flu Fighters in Close Encounters of the Germed Kind and Flu Fighters on a Vacc-tastic Voyage, please visit Flu.