Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need to have the flu vaccination every year?
Yes, the flu vaccine for each winter helps provide protection against the stains of flu that are like to be present and may be different from those circulating from last year. Protection from the flu vaccine may only last about six months so you should have the flu vaccine each flu season.
Why is my child's school not having the vaccination until December?
The school age immunisation service offer the flu vaccination to children in over 600 schools, the team arrange the sessions in schools between October and December to ensure that all children are offered the vaccine. If your child is in a clinical risk group and the session in school is not until later in the year, your child will be able to receive the vaccination at the GP surgery
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes, the nasal flu vaccination is safe and effective. Evidence has shown that since the introduction of the vaccination to the childhood programme, there has been a significant reduction in the number of children attending A & E with respiratory related illnesses
I can't access the E Consent form.I don't have an email account, how do I get my child vaccinated?
If you are having trouble accessing the link on the letter emailed to you, please type www.hampshirehealthyfamilies.org.uk into your search engine and click on the Cinnamon digital link. This will take you to the consent form.
If you have a family member who has an email address, you could ask them to use this. Alternatively you can contact your school who will be able to supply you with a paper consent form
My child is home educated, can I get the vaccine at the GP?
If your child is in the clinical risk group, then they will be able to receive the vaccine at the GP. The school age immunisation teams are contacting parents of children who are home educated and offering an appointment in a community clinic.
What if my child is ill on the day of the session, will you go back into school to give the vaccine?
If you have completed a consent form and your child does not receive the vaccination, you will receive an email asking you to contact your local immunisation team to book into a community clinic
I didn't fill the form in before the session, can I still get my child vaccinated?
The E Consent will re-open after the session in school, which will allow you to complete a form, your child will need to have the vaccination in a community clinic. You will need to contact the team to book this
My child is allergic to eggs, can they still have the vaccine?
If your child has been in intensive care because of their egg allergy, they will be offered an alternative vaccination. Please speak to the immunisation team if you are unsure if your child can receive the vaccine
Is there an alternative vaccine for children who do not want the nasal vaccine because of the gelatine in the vaccine?
This year we are able to offer an alternative vaccine to families who decline the vaccine on religious grounds. Please contact your local immunisation team to discuss