Nurses from Vaccination UK have returned to schools in Wolverhampton to give pupils their free nasal spray and help them become Flu Fighters.
All primary aged children, from Reception to Year 6, were eligible for the free vaccination this autumn, which is administered via a quick and painless nasal spray.
The popular Flu Fighters campaign, developed by the city’s Council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, returned this year to encourage local children to have their free vaccination. Free copies of this year’s exciting tale, Flu Fighters in The Battle of Planet Bogey, along with information about the vaccine and consent forms, are being distributed to all primary-aged pupils across the city.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Vaccinations were scheduled to continue after the half-term holidays; with parents encouraged to make sure to return their consent forms so that theirr children don’t miss out on their free vaccine and the able to become Flu Fighters!”
All children from Reception to Year 6 at infant, junior and primary schools, and all children in special schools, were being offered the nasal spray flu vaccination at their school. The vaccine also being available to children aged two and three, and children aged 11 and over with some long-term health conditions, through local GPs.
As well as the vaccination for children, people with long-term health conditions, the over 65s, carers and care staff, people in long-stay residential care homes and pregnant women are also eligible for a free jab through their GP or pharmacist, while everyone else can get the vaccine from many local pharmacies for a small charge.