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Flu Fighters Dudley

image of from cover of the Flu Fighters The Battle of Planet Bogey book
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Getting flu is horrible! It can cause a fever, a blocked nose, a sore throat, aches and tiredness. In the most serious cases, it can cause bronchitis and pneumonia.

The nasal spray vaccine is the best defence children have against flu. It’s free, safe and painless too!

Children are ‘super spreaders’ of flu , so help protect you and your family. You will be offered a free nasal spray at school. No nasty needles, it is just a squirt up the nose. The free vaccine helps to protect you and reduces the chance of flu spreading to your friends and family.

In the autumn/winter of 2023 to 2024, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • Children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2023 – that is, children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2021
  • All primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • All secondary school children (year 7 to 11)
  • Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
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The vaccine is usually administered in schools from October. Any child who misses their flu vaccination at school can still get it for free, please contact the school for further details.

Please contact your school to find out when flu vaccinations are being planned or contact Vaccination UK.

Vaccinations for children aged two and three are delivered at GP surgeries, and parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their GP as soon as possible to arrange this.

Download the Flu Fighters book here!

The “Flu Fighters on a….vactastic voyage” book tells the story of four slimy alien invaders from the Planet Bogey who have come to Earth to make children in Dudley borough “splutter and sneeze and feel really bad…shake and shiver and be very sad.”   Fortunately their dastardly plans are thwarted by a watchful nurse who protects our young heroes by giving them the nasal spray vaccine and turning them into Flu Fighters.

The book can be read and downloaded by clicking the book image above.

Grown ups info

Every winter up to 14,000 people in England and Wales die because of flu, but you can protect yourself. There’s a free flu vaccination for people most at risk. As the virus changes each year, it’s important to have the flu vaccine every 12 months.

It is predicted that this year may be a harder winter and many people may get the flu and infections may begin earlier.  Therefore when called please go and get your flu vaccine.

The FREE nasal spray vaccine is the best defence children have against flu. Here are five great reasons why your child should join the Flu Fighters – and help defeat Chilly, Achy and Snotty and their friends.

See the following document for some flu vaccine myth busters.

Please follow this link to access the poster that Vaccination UK developed called 5 reasons to vaccinate your child against flu.

  1. The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications like bronchitis and pneumonia
  2. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family members and your friends, too
  3. There’s no nasty needles! The nasal spray is a quick squirt up the nose, nothing more – it’s easy and painless
  4. It’s better than having flu! The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  5. It can also save you money, because if your child gets flu, you might end up having to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare

Please contact your child’s GP, school or nursery if you have any queries.

You can visit the NHS page to check if you are eligible for the flu vaccine. You can also visit the flu page for further information.

Porcine information for parents is available by clicking on the below:

Children whose parents decline LAIV

If you’re the parent of an eligible child and decline the LAIV because of its porcine gelatine content (and understand that it is the most effective product in the programme), you can request an alternative injectable vaccine via their GP.