Yearly Flu Vaccinations in Primary School

Flu is highly infectious & can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles & joints & extreme tiredness. Some children can get a very high temperature as well as serious complications such as painful ear infections, acute bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against flu, which is an unpredictable virus. The effectiveness varies year to year, dependent upon the match between the strain of flu circulating & that contained in the vaccine. A new nasal vaccine is given each year because of this. The vaccine itself contains a live but weakened flu virus so it that does not cause flu in children. It is given as a nasal spray in the nose to mimic the flu virus & thus produce a better immune response.

Flu-Bee and Elliott

We introduce the characters below to the children to help them understand the nasal spray and what it is for. The characters are also on the stickers and certificates that we give them.

Who delivers the flu vaccine?

We are a team of qualified nurses & healthcare assistants that provide immunisations to school aged children. We work in partnership with children, young people & their families to deliver vaccinations across a wide variety of settings, these include schools (primary & secondary), children’s centres & primary care centres.

Who is offered the flu Vaccine?

As we are a pilot area our service offers the flu vaccine to all primary school children from reception to year 6. We deliver to all primary schools across Essex in the autumn term from October to December. The vaccination is free and recommended for young children. It is a quick, simple and painless spray up the nose. Your school will give out consent forms and let you know when we will be there to give your child the flu nasal spray.