Guidance

Childhood flu immunisation programme from September 2014 to 2015: information for parents and schools

From September 2014, vaccination against seasonal influenza, or flu, will be offered to all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years of age.

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See current guidance in the annual flu programme collection.

Documents

The childhood flu immunisation programme from September 2014 to 2015: information for schools participating in the pilot programmes

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Protecting your child against flu: information for the parents of children aged from 2 to 13 (years 7 and 8 at school)

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Childhood flu immunisation poster: promote the flu vaccine for children aged 2 to 4

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Flu immunisation consent form

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Letter template for surgeries to send to the parents of 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children

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Letter template for schools to send to the parents of children in primary schools in pilot areas around the country

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Letter template for schools to send to the parents of children in years 7 and 8 in pilot areas around the country

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Details

The geographical pilots for primary school aged children established in 2013 to 2014 will continue and there will be a number of additional pilots for children in secondary school years 7 and 8 (aged around 11 to 13 years). In the primary school pilots those children in reception year who are aged 4 may be vaccinated either through the school programme or through their local GP.

When the programme is fully implemented, children will be offered the flu vaccine each year in the autumn term. This is because flu viruses can change annually, so the vaccines are made each year to provide protection against the current circulating flu viruses. To be most effective, the vaccine should be given in the autumn or early winter before flu starts to circulate in the community.

Published 14 July 2014
Last updated 30 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. The incidence of the side effects of the nasal flu vaccine information has been corrected.
  2. The information regarding side effects has been corrected for the Protecting your child against flu leaflet.
  3. The information about the porcine gelatine content of the vaccine has been updated in the flu immunisation consent form.
  4. The Childhood flu immunisation poster has been updated.
  5. First published.