The following letter has been sent to schools across Manchester. It refers to the NHS ongoing influenza programme. If you require any more information about this, please contact the school office or the NHS intrahealth team (details at the bottom of the page). 

 

 

Good morning,

Our teams have been delivering the national nasal flu vaccination programme across primary schools in Greater Manchester. We thank you for your ongoing support and co - operation with the programme which will help reduce the spread of flu in your communities.

You may have seen in recent days, a number of media stories, both locally and nationally, around the increase of influenza activity. While many parents will have consented and their son or daughter will have received their vaccination at school, there will be some parents that have not and now wish for their child to be vaccinated.

Pupils in reception to year 5 will not be able to obtain the vaccine through their GP surgery, therefore please advise any parents who make enquiries to get in touch with our immunisation team where we will be able to advise how their child can be immunised.

Below is some advice from the NHS website about how to prevent the spread of flu in your school;

‘Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You’re more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days.

Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

·         Wash your hands often with warm water and soap

·         Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze

·         Bin used tissues as quickly as possible’

You may wish to send this NHS information along with the following link to your parents so, should they wish their child to have the vaccine, can easily contact our immunisation team;

https://www.nhsimms.uk/FLU/information?Id=138543&Type=FLU

 

Kind Regards,

 

IntraHealth Immunisation Team

Unit 10 Salmon Fields Business Village, 

Royton, 

OL2 6HT

Tel: 0333 358 3397