Flu vaccinations are continuing in local schools – with pupils across the city having their free nasal spray and becoming Flu Fighters!
All primary aged children, from Reception to Year 6, are eligible for the free vaccination, delivered via a quick and painless nasal spray.
This week, nurses from Vaccination UK have been out to Claregate Primary, St Michael’s CE Primary, Newbridge Preparatory, St Jude’s Church of England Primary, Castlecroft Primary, Woodthorne Primary, West Park Primary and Christ Church CE Infant and Junior schools, and Wolverhampton Grammar School.
Any child or young person at these schools who missed their vaccination can get it either at one of the special Saturday catch-up clinics being held at Christ the King Church, Pendeford Avenue, WV6 9PW next Saturday 26 October from 9am-1pm or the Phoenix Centre, Parkfield Road, WV4 6ED on 14 December from 9am-1pm, or by contacting their GP.
Next week (21-25 October) Vaccination UK nurses are scheduled to visit:
St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy on Monday (21 October)
Dunstall Hill Primary School and St Luke’s Church of England Primary School (Reception to Year 5) on Tuesday (22 October)
Lanesfield Primary School and Merridale Primary School on Wednesday (23 October)
Hill Avenue Academy and Trinity Church of England Primary Academy (Reception and Years 1, 2, 3 and 5) on Thursday (24 October)
Goldthorn Park Primary School and Trinity Church of England Primary Academy (Years 4 and 6) on Friday (25 October).
Full details of the Vaccination UK schedule, including which schools are due to be visited when, along with more information about the vaccine is available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/flufighters.
The popular Flu Fighters campaign, developed by the City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has 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 are scheduled to continue for the next couple of months; parents, if you haven't already, please make sure you return your consent forms as soon as possible so your children don't miss out on their free vaccine and are able to become Flu Fighters!"
All children from Reception to Year 6 at infant, junior and primary schools in Wolverhampton, and all children in special schools, are offered the nasal spray flu vaccination at their school. The vaccine is also 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. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/flufighters.