Flu vaccinations in the city's schools are due to begin next week – with parents urged to return their consent forms as soon as possible to ensure their child doesn't miss out.

All primary aged children, from Reception to Year 6, are eligible for the free vaccination, delivered via a quick and painless nasal spray.

The popular Flu Fighters campaign is returning this year to encourage local children to have their free vaccination, after it helped deliver record uptake levels in the city in 2018.

Free copies of this year's out of this world Flu Fighters book, Flu Fighters in The Battle of Planet Bogey, along with information about the vaccine and consent forms, are being distributed to all primary aged children in the city, and many parents have already completed and returned their child’s consent forms.

Nurses from Vaccination UK are scheduled to visit:

  • Broadmeadow Special School and Tettenhall Wood School on Monday 7 October
  • Penn Fields School and Penn Hall School on Tuesday 8 October
  • Berrybrook Primary School and Westcroft School on Wednesday 9 October
  • Green Park School and Stowlawn Primary School on Thursday 10 October
  • Northern House Primary PRU and Tettenhall College on 11 October 

Full details of the Vaccination UK schedule, and which schools are due to be visited when, along with more information about the vaccine, is available at Flu Vaccines.  

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Vaccinations will begin in schools next week and are scheduled to continue for the next couple of months. 

“I would urge parents to please return their consent forms as soon as they receive them – if they haven't already – so that their children don't miss out on their free vaccine and are able to become Flu Fighters!"

This year, all children from Reception to Year 6 at infant, junior and primary schools in Wolverhampton, and all children in special schools, are being offered the free flu vaccination at their school. The vaccine is also available to children aged 2 and 3, and children aged 11 and over with some long term health conditions, through local GPs.

As well as the vaccination for children, people with long term health conditions, the over 65s, carers and care staff, people in long stay residential care homes and pregnant women are also eligible for a free vaccination through their GP or pharmacist, while everyone else can get the vaccine from many local pharmacies for a small charge. For more information, please visit Flu Vaccines.