Seasonal flu vaccination programme
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Thurmaston Leicester LE4 8PQ
Dear Parent / Carer,
SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME
As part of the national vaccination programme, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Community Immunisation Service would like to offer the opportunity to protect children and young people against seasonal flu (influenza) this winter.
The flu vaccination programme is a high priority within public health policy every year. However, in light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protect children and vulnerable people, including babies and elderly, and supporting the resilience of the health and care system. This offer for flu vaccinations has also been extended to include more young people in secondary school.
Children from reception year to year 11 (born between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2017) will be offered the nasal flu vaccination in school. Younger children aged 2 and 3 years will be offered the flu vaccination at their GP surgery.
To read information for primary school age children, visit: https://tinyurl.com/fluprimary
To read information for secondary school age children, visit: https://tinyurl.com/flusecondary For information about the national vaccination programme, visit:
Children with health conditions who normally receive the flu vaccination at their GP surgery can have their vaccination at school. Almost all children will be eligible to have the vaccine as a nasal spray. A very small number of children may be unable to have nasal spray for medical reasons. If this is the case, we will call you to explain why and discuss whether your child is eligible for an injectable vaccine.
Alternative gelatine free flu injection
We recognise that gelatine used in the manufacture of the nasal flu vaccine is not preferable for some parents; therefore, we are also offering a gelatine free injection instead. When making a decision to opt for this, please bear in mind that the gelatine free injection:
- is less effective than the nasal flu vaccine;
- an injection into the muscle could be uncomfortable and daunting. Please consider whether your child or the young person will be able to comply with the injection in school without the presence of a parent. It would be helpful if you could prepare
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The box below has instructions on how to complete a consent form, including how to opt for the gelatine free flu injection.
TO BE GIVEN THE VACCINATION IN SCHOOL : WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER, 2021
Top tip: Ensure that the email addresses match and that there are no spaces or punctuation before or after the email address and the school code.You will need to fully complete the consent form prior to the vaccination session.
You will be informed of the vaccination date by your school. These dates are also available on our website, visit: w ww.leicspart.nhs.uk/communityimms
We will temporarily close the system 1 working day before the session to allow us to prepare. The system will be reopened soon after the session so you can complete a consent form and further details of an alternative opportunity for vaccination will be shared with you.
If you want to opt for the gelatine free flu injection, please complete the consent form as normal.
On the consent declaration page please select “no” and the option will be given.
To inform us of any medical changes or to change your mind about the vaccination, please contact the team.
If you are unable to complete this online, please ring us on 0300 300 0007 to request support. One of our team may need to call you back in order to complete the form.
Following the vaccination, advice and information will be emailed to you and the young person’s NHS health record will be updated.
If the child or young person is absent on the day, an additional opportunity will be made available for the vaccination. Please note this vaccine will not be routinely offered by your GP unless your child is in an at risk group.
If your child or a family member they live with is self-isolating or experiencing any of the symptoms listed below on the day of the session then please do not attend the vaccine appointment.
- High Temperture - you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back
- A new continuous cough – this means you have started coughing
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to
We are working closely with your child’s school to ensure that all appropriate Covid safety measures are in place to ensure the safe delivery of the vaccine.
We request that young people aged 12 and over comply with the school’s policy on the use of face coverings. Our staff will continue to adhere to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and good hand hygiene practices to reduce the risk of transmission.
It would be helpful if you talk to your child about this vaccination to prepare them. We have developed short animated films which explains what flu is and the nasal flu vaccine. The websites are also a wonderful resource on health-related subjects and includes exciting activities and interactive content.
For primary school age children, visit: www.healthforkids.co.uk/staying-healthy/stopping-flu
For secondary school age children, visit: https://www.healthforteens.co.ukk/health/flu
We understand some of you may have questions regarding the vaccinations that are available to you children. We will be putting on some Q&A sessions for parents with a panel of health professionals in the coming weeks. Please follow Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust on Facebook, Twitter (@LPTnhs) and Instagram (@lptnhs) for dates and details on joining instructions.
Should you have any questions you can contact the team, by telephone: 0300 300 0007, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Calls volumes are high during the
period we offer flu vaccinations and you may have to wait at peak times for your call to be answered.
Dr Tim Davies Marie Butterworth
Consultant Lead Clinical Lead
Screening and Immunisation School Aged Immunisation Service
NHS England and NHS Improvement – Midlands Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
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NOTES ON COMPLETING THE ONLINE CONSENT FORM
Select Seasonal Flu by clicking the “Click here” button next to it. On the next screen, enter and confirm your email address
Enter your school code: LE120037 and click find school. Your school name should appear.
We will temporarily close the system the 1 working day before the session to allow us to prepare. A message will appear asking you to try again after the session and offer you an alternative opportunity for vaccination.
- To find our homepage you can also search online for “Leicester imms”
- Ensure that the email addresses match and that there are no spaces or punctuation before or after the email address and school
PART 2: Consent Declaration
Complete this to give consent to the flu vaccination.
The option to select an injectable vaccine only will be given here.
PART 3: MEDICAL HISTORY
Complete the questions regarding vaccination history and any support required during vaccination.
THIS FORM MUST ONLY BE COMPLETED BY SOMEONE WITH PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. Guidance about parental responsibility can be found at:
Mature young people in secondary school may be able to consent for themselves to have this vaccination without your agreement and health professionals with assess their ability to make an informed decision.
Sharing information: After the vaccination at school, a notification will be provided and the information will be added to your child’s NHS health record.
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