Protect your child from flu with free nasal vaccine

Stay Well main imageParents in the boroughs of Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Trafford are being encouraged to protect their children with a free flu vaccination.

Dellivered by nurses, the vaccine is available for children in school years one and two in Rochdale, Oldham and Trafford. In bury it's available for children in school years one to six.

The vaccines, which are given in the form of a nasal spray, are quick and pain-free and will be mainly given in schools.

The vaccine is not mandatory and will only be given to children whose parents have given consent.

All parents have been sent a letter, via their child’s school, which includes a consent form. This must be completed and returned using the pre-paid envelope provided.

Flu is very easily spread and causes a number of symptoms, including fever, headaches, tiredness, weakness and general aches. In some cases, particularly for vulnerable people, it can lead to severe complications, infections and even death.

Children who were aged two, three or four on 31 August 2015 can continue to have their flu vaccine at their GP.

For more information, contact your borough's team on the following details:

  • Bury: Contact the School Nursing Team on 0161 762 3291
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale: Contact the Immunisation Team on 0161 716 5990
  • Oldham: Contact the School Nursing Service on 0161 622 6493
  • Trafford: Contact the School Nursing Service on 0161 746 3810

More information about the flu vaccine can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/annual-flu-programme