As the autumn term begins it is highly likely that COVID-19 will be in circulation at the same time as flu therefore it is even more important than ever that we do all we can to protect against flu.
We are delivering the flu immunisation programme in Cornwall’s schools on behalf of NHS England. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness and sometimes causes serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable friends and family by preventing the spread of flu.
In 2020/2021 all children in Primary Schools from Reception to year 6 (inclusive) will be offered the vaccine.
The vaccination is free and recommended for young children; it is administered by a quick and simple spray up the nose. Please enter www.nhs.uk/child-flu or click on link to access information explaining the vaccination programme which also includes details about the small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate.
Please note that you must opt in to the programme. If a consent form is not submitted your child will not be vaccinated. If your child becomes wheezy or has their asthma medication increased after you submit the form, please contact Kernow Health on 01872 221105.
If you decide you do not want to vaccinate your child against flu, it would help us if you still complete and submit the consent form giving the reason. This will help us to plan and develop the service.
Dr Jonathan Katz