As in previous years, they are being delivered via GP surgeries. Parents or guardians who have not yet received a letter or text from their GP inviting them for a vaccination are encouraged to contact their surgery as soon as possible.

For the majority of children, the vaccination 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.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "Flu can be deadly and is 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 flu."

Meanwhile, free flu vaccinations are being offered to children in local schools again this autumn. This year, all children from Reception to Year 11 are eligible for the vaccination, which is safe and effective. As for 2 and 3 year olds, the majority of pupils will receive the nasal spray, but an injectable vaccination is available.

The vaccinations will be given by Vaccination UK nurses in school, starting with special schools this week. Vaccinations for primary-aged children are due to start early next month and vaccinations for secondary school pupils will follow.

Schools are providing information about the vaccine to families of eligible children and parents and guardians are encouraged to complete the online consent form as soon as possible to ensure their child doesn't miss out. Consent forms are available 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.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “The flu virus is a highly infectious respiratory virus that can spread very quickly among children.

“Vaccinating your child will not only help protect them from getting flu but also prevent it from spreading to other children, as well as vulnerable family members and friends. The vaccine is quick and painless and is proven to be extremely effective against flu."

To find out more about the flu vaccine for children, read the answers to frequently asked questions and enjoy the four 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 Bug Busters.