There is an abundance of material available to help you explain the children’s nasal flu spray programme and answer queries about the children’s flu vaccination programme.
Public Health England (PHE) and AstraZeneca (the sole provider of the Fluenz Tetra® nasal spray) have downloadable and orderable posters, leaflets and films for your use. In this section you will also find helpful resources from other areas of the country.
We have pulled together some handy hints for those delivering the flu vaccine in schools based on our experiences in 2015/16. Similar best practice tips that we gathered from the GP practices which achieved the highest take-up rates in our region have been incorporated in this national guidance issued in June 2016.
- Dr Ranj: What every parent needs to know about flu (12 mins) (AstraZeneca)
- Why vaccinate? (1 min) (AZ)
- Flu symptoms in children (1 min) (AZ)
- A knight’s tale: How to train your body to fight flu (2 mins 30 secs) (AZ)
- Flu Heroes (1 min 38 secs) (produced by the NHS in Leicestershire)
- Keeping your child safe – annual flu nasal spray – (Buckinghamshire County Council)
Public Health England (PHE) Vaccine Updates
- No. 256, December 2016. Read it here.
- No. 255, November 2016. Read it here.
- No. 254, October 2016. Read it here.
- No. 253, October 2016. Read it here.
- No. 252, September 2016. Read it here.
- No. 251, August 2016 – influenza vaccine supply for the children’s part of the flu programme. Read it here.
- No. 250, August 2016 – special edition. Read it here.
- No. 249, July 2016 – see page 5 for latest on the flu programme. Read it here.
- No. 248, June 2016 – includes vaccine ordering information for the children’s flu programme. Read it here.
- No. 245, May 2016. Read it here.
Other PHE resources
PHE leaflets and posters order line
- Template letter for headteachers to parents concerned about the children’s LAIV (for Word version contact email@example.com)
- Template invitation letter for GPs for children aged 2,3 and 4 years
- Childhood flu programme: information for healthcare practitioners
- The flu vaccination winter 2016 to 2017: who should have it and why – public leaflet
- Best practice guidance for general practice: Increasing flu immunisation uptake among children (includes tips from high-achieving practices in Oxford AHSN region)
- The national PGD for LAIV (live nasal spray vaccine) is here
- Extension of the influenza immunisation programme to children in England: Experiences of using live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) in school age children 2013-16
- Protecting your child against flu – leaflet for parents
- Immunising primary school children against flu – information for head teachers and other school staff
- Flu nasal spray vaccine administration in schools factsheet
- 5 reasons to vaccinate your child against flu – poster
- ‘Flu fighters’ – lots of posters and leaflets
- Guidance on the use of porcine gelatine in the children’s nasal spray flu vaccine
- Consent form template to send to parents
- Flu immunisation elearning programme
Other useful national resources
- The National Flu Plan Winter 2016/17
- The national flu immunisation programme 2016/17: supporting letter
- JCVI statement on the use of nasal spray flu vaccine for the childhood influenza immunisation programme – August 2016
- Green Book Chapter 19 August 2015 version 10
- Children’s flu vaccine – NHS Choices website information
- The biology of vaccine responses – article published in Nurse Prescribing 13(8): 384–89
- AstraZeneca resources – RCN accredited nasal spray e-learning modules and other resources from AstraZeneca
Oxford AHSN resources
- Best practice tips for general practice staff gathered from local practices with high uptake
- Best practice tips for primary schools
Other useful regional resources
- Local contact details for school vaccine providers here.
- Vaccine Knowledge project – independent, authoritative scientific information (University of Oxford/Oxford Vaccine Group)
Data and reports
- PHE report on surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the United Kingdom: Winter 2015 to 2016.
- PHE Summary of flu vaccine effectiveness estimates for adults and children in primary care in the UK, during the 2015 to 2016 flu season.
- PHE say that provisional figures show that the nasal spray flu vaccine has been effective in the UK in 2015/16.