Children and young people's occupational therapy service

Flu vaccine programme

This year (2017), the flu vaccine is being offered to primary school children in reception, years one, two, three and four via planned sessions in all primary schools. 

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children and adults alike, causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness. This can often last a few days and be accompanied by a very high fever; some children may even require admission to hospital for management and treatment of severe symptoms.

The vaccine is provided to children as a nasal spray. You can find out more about this method by visiting the website 'Share good times not flu'  which also shows how the spray is given.

The sessions will be organised and staffed by the school nursing service and you will be asked to fill in a consent form in due course if you wish for your child to receive this important vaccine. Please fill in as much detail as you can as this will help us determine if the nasal application of the vaccine is suitable for your child.

For information on flu dates at Amersham and Wycombe schools, please click here.

For information on flu dates at Aylesbury and Buckingham schools, please click here.

Details regarding the purpose and application of the vaccine are contained within our frequently asked questions.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is aware of a number of letters to schools expressing concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the children’s flu vaccine nasal spray. These concerns appear to relate to a number of misconceptions about the vaccine, many of which are addressed in the leaflet you can access through this link and this letter

Should you require any further information or guidance please email us.

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