Shenton Primary School

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Immunisation date 


Telephone: 0300 3000 007


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Bridge Park Road

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                                                                                                                                                                               November 2023

Dear Parent / Carer,

Annual seasonal flu vaccination is now due:

All children from reception to year 11 are being offered the flu vaccination in school as part of the national vaccination programme. Flu can be an unpleasant illness and make some people seriously ill. The vaccination is free, safe and effective. It helps to protects against seasonal flu and serious complications such as bronchitis, ear infections and pneumonia – and will also help to prevent the spread of flu and protect others who are vulnerable. There are two different types of vaccine available: 

Nasal spray flu vaccine

Offers the best protection against flu. It is given as a spray squirted up each nostril. It's quick and painless. 

For some children the nasal spray is not suitable for medical reasons. Our team will review the medical information submitted before offering the flu vaccine injection.

The nasal vaccine contains traces of a highly processed form of porcine gelatine. 


Flu vaccine injection 

The injection is given into the muscle in the upper arm, which may cause soreness.

This vaccine is offered as an alternative if the nasal spray is not suitable due to medical reasons.  

This vaccine does not contain porcine gelatine. 


To find out more, visit:

For primary school age children, we will only give your child the flu vaccination if we have your consent. Please do this as soon as possible, using the instructions below. You only need to submit your decision once.


How to give consent for your child to get the flu vaccination

*  Make a note of the code for your school. For Shenton Primary School the school code is LE120037 and visit

* Select Seasonal Flu and enter the school code. On the consent declaration page you can consent for either the nasal flu vaccine or the injectable flu vaccine.

*  You will receive a confirmation email when the form is submitted.

If you are unable to complete the form online, please call us on 0300 300 0007 or e-mail with your contact details. If you change your mind about your consent decision, please call us on the number above to change it. 

The consent system will close two working days before the vaccination session. You will not be able to submit a consent form on the day.


Yours sincerely,


School Aged Immunisation Service


Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine 

My child has a health condition and normally has the vaccine from the GP. 

They are also able to have the vaccination at school. 

What are the side effects? 

Children may develop a runny or blocked nose, headache, general tiredness and some loss of appetite. These symptoms are much milder than developing flu or complications associated with flu.

Serious side-effects are uncommon.

Why is there is new flu injection every year? 

Flu viruses change every year, so flu vaccines are updated to protect against the latest strains.

Where can I read the vaccine product leaflet?

For the nasal flu vaccine, visit: 

For the injectable flu vaccine, visit: 

How can I prepare my child for the vaccination?

Watch our animation:

My child is scared of needles, is there any support available?

You can include this information on your consent form and our team will do the best to support. 

Also, this video may help reassure young people about their vaccination experience visit:

It says the email addresses don’t match or it doesn’t recognise the school code.

Make sure there are no spaces or punctuation before or after the email address and the school code.

What if my child is absent or unwell on the session day?

Details of any additional opportunity for a vaccination will be sent via email.

What’s the national vaccination programme?

Visit: to find out more.