Flu vaccination programme

We deliver the nasal flu vaccination programme to all schools in Somerset between October and December every year. We also hold community based clinics to make sure we vaccinate as many children as possible.

Flu – what is it?

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children, with serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Annual immunisation give important protection to your child and helps reduce the spread of flu to their friends, families and the wider community, protecting younger siblings, grandparents and others who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from flu.

The flu vaccine currently used in schools is called Fluenz Tetra and is given by a quick and simple spray up the nose, it is painless and there are no needles involved.

Fluenz Tetra may not be suitable for all children who are eligible for the flu vaccine. For children who can’t have Fluenz Tetra they will be invited to have an injectable inactivated influenza vaccine at their GP Practice.

Who should not have this vaccine?

Fluenz Tetra should not be given to your child or adolescent if they:

  • are under 24 months or 18 years or older have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of flu vaccine or any component of the vaccine
  • are clinically severely immunodeficient due to conditions or immunosuppressive (a suppressed or deficient immune system which leaves a patient prone to infection)
  • are currently taking or has been prescribed oral steroids in the last 14 days for respiratory disease
  • are receiving salicylate therapy (aspirin)
  • are pregnant.

How does my child get this vaccination?

Offering vaccination through schools is the most effective way to vaccinate school-aged children. If you miss your child’s flu vaccination at school then please call us on 0300 323 0032 to book into one of our community clinics. These clinics run throughout flu season in a number of locations cross Somerset.

On the day

Our teams will visit your child’s school and school staff will help us to identify children correctly. If your child is absent or unwell on the day of the session please call us on 0300 323 0032 and we can offer you an appointment at one of our community catch up clinics.

Please follow our link below,  we hope this will help to demonstrate how school based flu sessions will run this term during these uncertain times.

 https://youtu.be/cdqeuH97_aU

Worried or concerned?

If you have any concerns about this vaccination, or you are worried because your child has a health condition or disability, please call us with your questions on 0300 323 0032 and we can arrange for you to speak to one of your local friendly immunisation nurses.

Viral shedding

Although vaccinated children are known to “shed” a virus a few days after vaccination, it is less able to spread from person to person than the actual infection.

Flu vaccine info for Muslim and Jewish communities

If you are a member of the Muslim or Jewish religious communities you may be concerned about using vaccines that contain gelatine from pigs (porcine gelatine).

Rabbi Abraham Adler from the Kashrus and Medicines Information Service offers some advice that might be helpful to our Jewish communities:

“It should be noted that according to Jewish laws, there is no problem with porcine or other animal derived ingredients in non-oral products. This includes vaccines, including those administered via the nose, injections, suppositories, creams and ointments”.

If you are a member of the Muslim community you may consider the porcine product to be forbidden. The final decision about your children’s vaccination is yours. If you would like to discuss the evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of the vaccination we are happy to discuss this further. You may wish to seek advice from your faith leaders or other community leaders.

Unfortunately, current Government health policy is that only those who are in clinical risk groups and have clinical contra-indications to the vaccine are able to receive an inactivated injectable vaccine as an alternative.

For more information about the flu vaccination for children:

PHE_Protecting_Child_Against_Flu_leaflet

 

 

Flu vaccination dates 2020

Date School
21/09/2020 Our Ladies
21/09/2020 West Monkton
22/09/2020 Holyrood
22/09/2020 Tatworth
22/09/2020 Dulverton Infants
22/09/2020 Dulverton Juniors
24/09/2020 Oakfield
24/09/2020 Holway Park
24/09/2020 Churchstanton
25/09/2020 Holy Trinity - Yeovil
25/09/2020 Churchfield
28/09/2020 Brookside
28/09/2020 Cannington
29/09/2020 Whitstone
29/09/2020 Bowlish Infants
29/09/2020 Westover Green
30/09/2020 Wincanton Primary
30/09/2020 Abbas and Templecombe
30/09/2020 Selworthy - Haselbrook
30/09/2020 Selworthy - Oakhill
30/09/2020 Nerrols
01/10/2020 Manor Court
01/10/2020 Huish Academy
01/10/2020 Trull
01/10/2020 Wellington School
02/10/2020 Huish Primary - Yeovil
02/10/2020 North Petherton
02/10/2020 North Newton
05/10/2020 Blue School
05/10/2020 South Petherton Infants
05/10/2020 South petherton Juniors
05/10/2020 Knights Templer
05/10/2020 St Peters - Wiliton
06/10/2020 Birchfield
06/10/2020 Courtfields
06/10/2020 Sedgemoor Manor
07/10/2020 King Arthurs
07/10/2020 Rockwell Green
07/10/2020 Langford Budville
08/10/2020 Millfield Prep
08/10/2020 King Alfreds
09/10/2020 Crispin
09/10/2020 Preston Academy
09/10/2020 Bishop Henderson - Taunton
12/10/2020 East Coker
12/10/2020 Fiveways
12/10/2020 Fairmead
12/10/2020 Barwick & Stoford
12/10/2020 Wellsprings
12/10/2020 Cambian Somerset School - Taunton
12/10/2020 Somerset Progressive
13/10/2020 Hayesdown
13/10/2020 North Hill House
13/10/2020 Rode
13/10/2020 Eastover
13/10/2020 Elmwood
13/10/2020 Penrose & Jean Rees
14/10/2020 Christchurch First School
14/10/2020 Nunney First School
14/10/2020 Critchill
14/10/2020 Parkfield
15/10/2020 Martock
15/10/2020 All Saints Montacute
15/10/2020 Merriott
15/10/2020 Ashlands
15/10/2020 Fairlands Middle School
15/10/2020 Mark First School
15/10/2020 Cheddar First School
15/10/2020 East Huntspill
16/10/2020 The Mendip School
16/10/2020 Shepton Mallet Infants
16/10/2020 St Johns - Wellington
16/10/2020 Wembdon St George
16/10/2020 Willowdown
19/10/2020 St Cuthberts Infants
19/10/2020 St Cuthberts Juniors
19/10/2020 St Michaels - Yeovil
19/10/2020 Norton Sub Hamdon
19/10/2020 West Chinnock
19/10/2020 Minehead Middle
19/10/2020 Dunster
19/10/2020 Wellsley Park
19/10/2020 West Buckland
20/10/2020 Greenfylde
20/10/2020 Avishayes
20/10/2020 Neroche
20/10/2020 Wiveliscombe
20/10/2020 Kingsmead
20/10/2020 St James - Taunton
20/10/2020 Minerva
21/10/2020 Stoberry Park
21/10/2020 Avalon
21/10/2020 Marchant Holliday
21/10/2020 Brent Knoll
21/10/2020 St Nicholas - Henstridge
21/10/2020 St Andrews Juniors - Burnham
21/10/2020 Bishops Lydeard
21/10/2020 Crowcombe
21/10/2020 Stogumber
22/10/2020 Preston Primary
22/10/2020 Kingsfisher
22/10/2020 Castle Primary
22/10/2020 Beechgrove
22/10/2020 Sampford Arundell
22/10/2020 Berrow
22/10/2020 West Huntspill
23/10/2020 West Pennard
23/10/2020 Kingston St Mary
23/10/2020 Baltonsborough
23/10/2020 St John's Infants - Glastonbury
23/10/2020 St Benedicts -Glastobury
23/10/2020 St Michaels - Minehead
02/11/2020 Berkley
02/11/2020 St Joseph & St Teresa
02/11/2020 Wells Cathedral School
02/11/2020 All Hallows
02/11/2020 Somerset Bridge
02/11/2020 Spaxton
02/11/2020 Stogursey
02/11/2020 Netherstowey
03/11/2020 Perrott Hill
03/11/2020 Hinton St George
03/11/2020 Misterton
03/11/2020 Haselbury Plucknett
03/11/2020 Milborne Port
03/11/2020 Charlton Horethorne
03/11/2020 Horsington
03/11/2020 Bishops Hull
03/11/2020 St Georges - Taunton
03/11/2020 Stawley
03/11/2020 Oake & Bradford
04/11/2020 St Johns - Frome
04/11/2020 St Louis
04/11/2020 Beckington
04/11/2020 Northtown
04/11/2020 Castle School - Taunton
05/11/2020 Curry Mallet
05/11/2020 Hatch Beauchamp
05/11/2020 St Marys & St Peters
05/11/2020 Shepton Beauchamp
05/11/2020 Buckland St Mary
05/11/2020 Ashill
05/11/2020 Bridgwater College Academy - Quantock Site
05/11/2020 Bridgwater College Academy - Sedgemoor Site
06/11/2020 Castle Cary Primary
06/11/2020 Sexeys
06/11/2020 Hazelgrove
06/11/2020 Countess Gytha
06/11/2020 Norton Fitzwarren
06/11/2020 St Josephs - Bridgwater
06/11/2020 Ottherhampton
09/11/2020 Selwood Academy
09/11/2020 Springmead
09/11/2020 Holy Trinity - Taunton
09/11/2020 Taunton Academy
09/11/2020 Cotford St Luke
09/11/2020 Lydeard St Lawrence
10/11/2020 Wessex Lodge
10/11/2020 3 Dimensions
10/11/2020 Winsham
10/11/2020 Swanmead
10/11/2020 Combe St Nicholas
10/11/2020 Draycott & Rodney
10/11/2020 St Lawrence
10/11/2020 Priddy
10/11/2020 Woolavington
11/11/2020 Oakhill
11/11/2020 Stoke St Michael
11/11/2020 North Cadbury
11/11/2020 Lovington
11/11/2020 Ansford
11/11/2020 Westonzoyland
11/11/2020 Inaura
12/11/2020 Bruton Primary
12/11/2020 Bruton School for girls
12/11/2020 Evercreech
12/11/2020 Ditcheat
12/11/2020 Hugh Sexeys
12/11/2020 Wedmore
13/11/2020 Oaklands
13/11/2020 Primrose Lane
13/11/2020 Reckleford
13/11/2020 St Josephs - Burnham
13/11/2020 East Brent
16/11/2020 St Bartholomews
16/11/2020 Chard Independent
16/11/2020 Burnham Infants
16/11/2020 King Alfreds
16/11/2020 Lyngford Park
16/11/2020 Cheddon Fitzpaine
17/11/2020 Leigh on Mendip
17/11/2020 St Benedicts - Radstock
17/11/2020 Kilmersdon
17/11/2020 Creech St Michael
17/11/2020 Othery
17/11/2020 St Andrews - Taunton
17/11/2020 Stoke St Gregory
18/11/2020 Pen Mill Infants
18/11/2020 West Coker
18/11/2020 St Johns & St Francis
18/11/2020 Middlezoy
19/11/2020 St Aldenhelms
19/11/2020 Upton Noble
19/11/2020 Chewton Mendip
19/11/2020 Horrington
19/11/2020 Queens College
19/11/2020 Kings Hall
19/11/2020 Northgate
19/11/2020 The Bridge School - Sedgemoor
20/11/2020 Downside
20/11/2020 St Pauls Junior
20/11/2020 Hambridge
20/11/2020 Curry Rivel
20/11/2020 Chilton Trinity
20/11/2020 Catcott
23/11/2020 Bucklers Mead
23/11/2020 St Gildas
23/11/2020 Minehead First
23/11/2020 Robert Blake
23/11/2020 Brymore Boys
23/11/2020 Elmhurst
24/11/2020 High Ham
24/11/2020 Westfield
24/11/2020 St Margarets
24/11/2020 Taunton School
24/11/2020 Weare
24/11/2020 Axebridge First
24/11/2020 Shipham
25/11/2020 Bishop Henderson - Radstock
25/11/2020 Newbury Manor
25/11/2020 St Vigor & St John
25/11/2020 Hemington
25/11/2020 Bishop Fox
25/11/2020 Pawlett
25/11/2020 Puriton
25/11/2020 Ashcott
26/11/2020 Milford Infants
26/11/2020 Milford Juniors
26/11/2020 Timberscombe
26/11/2020 St Dubricious
26/11/2020 Exford
26/11/2020 Cutcombe
26/11/2020 Danesfield
26/11/2020 Old Cleeve
27/11/2020 Meare
27/11/2020 Maiden Beech
27/11/2020 Tor School
27/11/2020 Compton Dundon
27/11/2020 Haygrove
27/11/2020 Bridgwater College Academy - Secondary
30/11/2020 Ilchester Infants
30/11/2020 Ilchester Juniors
30/11/2020 Ash
30/11/2020 Kingsbury Episcopi
30/11/2020 Chilthorne Domer
30/11/2020 Milverton
30/11/2020 Heathfield
01/12/2020 King Ina Infants
01/12/2020 King Ina Juniors
01/12/2020 St Marys - Bridgwater
01/12/2020 Enmore
02/12/2020 St Dunstans
02/12/2020 Croscombe
02/12/2020 Butleigh
03/12/2020 Huish Episcopi Primary
03/12/2020 Charlton Mackrell
03/12/2020 South Somerset Partnership School
03/12/2020 Stanchester
03/12/2020 Thurlbear
03/12/2020 North Curry
04/12/2020 Keinton Mandeville
04/12/2020 Long Sutton
04/12/2020 Blackbrook
04/12/2020 Ruishton
07/12/2020 Redstart
07/12/2020 Hamp Juniors
07/12/2020 Hamp Infants
08/12/2020 Trinity First
08/12/2020 Mells
08/12/2020 Norton St Phillip
08/12/2020 Kingsmoor
08/12/2020 Lympsham
09/12/2020 Hindhayes
09/12/2020 Walton
09/12/2020 Wookey
09/12/2020 Coxley
09/12/2020 Staplegrove
09/12/2020 Taunton Deane Partnership School
10/12/2020 Vallis
10/12/2020 IKB Wellington
11/12/2020 Bridgwater PRU
11/12/2020 Priorswood
11/12/2020 Sky College