Hundreds more children have become Flu Fighters and are ready for the annual battle against influenza this winter as a free vaccination programme continues in Wolverhampton’s schools.

All pupils from Reception to Year 7 are eligible for the free flu vaccination this year, delivered via a quick and painless nasal spray, and parents should return their child’s consent form as soon as possible to ensure they don't miss out. Vaccinations are scheduled to take place throughout the autumn term.

Last week, nurses from Vaccination UK visited Goldthorn Park Primary School, Palmers Cross Primary School, Woodfield Primary School, Springdale Primary School, St Michael's Catholic Primary Academy, Warstones Primary School, Bantock Primary School, The Royal School Wolverhampton (Primary) and St Matthias (Year 7).

This week they are visiting Merridale Primary School and Nishkam Primary School on Monday 9 November, Uplands Junior School and Westacre Infant School on Tuesday 10 November, Elston Hall Primary School on Wednesday 11 November, St Luke's Church of England Primary School and Wolverhampton Grammar School (primary phase) on Thursday 12 November and Hill Avenue Academy and St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School on Friday 13 November.

Full details of the Vaccination UK schedule, including which schools are due to be visited when, is available at Flu Vaccines. Parents can also download a consent form online if they have mislaid theirs. 

Any child who has missed their free vaccine at schools which have already been visited by nurses from Vaccination UK can get it at their GP or by attending one of a number of catch-up clinics. These are scheduled to take place at Christ the King Church on 21 November, Park Village Education Centre on 28 November and 19 December and Phoenix Health Centre on 5 December.

The award winning Flu Fighters campaign is back for a third year to encourage children to get vaccinated, with free copies of this year's out of this world storybook, Flu Fighters in Close Encounters of the Germed Kind, being distributed to all primary aged pupils. All pupils, including those in Year 7, will also receive consent forms and information about the nasal spray.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We're delighted that the flu vaccination campaign is going so well in our schools – and this year, more than ever, it's vital that you ensure your child doesn’t miss out.

"Flu can be deadly and easily spread by children and adults. The vaccine is the best way to protect your children and other family members from becoming ill with the flu, particularly more vulnerable relatives like grandparents or those with underlying health conditions.

"I would urge parents to return their consent forms as soon as they receive them so that their children can have their free vaccine and become a Flu Fighter!"

To find out more about the vaccine, and to read and download free copies of the first two Flu Fighters books, Flu Fighters Versus Chilly, Achy and Snotty and Flu Fighters in The Battle of Planet Bogey, please visit Flu Vaccines.  

The free nasal spray is also available to children aged 2 and 3, and children aged 11 and over with some long term health conditions, via GPs.

Adults people with long-term health conditions, people who were shielding from coronavirus and their families, the over 65s, carers and care staff, people in long-stay care and pregnant women are also eligible for free flu jabs through their GP or pharmacist.