Primary school children
All primary school children are being offered the nasal vaccine in school between October and December. If your child has a health condition they're also offered the vaccine in school and no longer need to get it from your GP.
Your child will be sent home with a letter, leaflet and consent form. Please complete this consent form and send it back to school with your child. Your child can only get the nasal vaccine if you have sent back a completed and signed consent form.
You can view consent form guidance for full instructions on how to complete the consent form.
What if my child's ill on the day?
If your child has a minor illness without a fever, like a cold, they can still attend their flu immunisation appointment as scheduled.
Please phone your GP practice to reschedule your child's appointment if they're very unwell - for example with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting.
If your child’s asthma is worse than usual in the three days before their vaccination, meaning they are wheezing more or have had to use their inhaler more than they normally do, tell the healthcare worker at their appointment.
There is no need to delay their immunisation, and they should be offered an alternative injectable form of the vaccine.
What if my child misses their immunisation?
If your child misses their immunisation in school, contact your local NHS Board to find out about other arrangements. You can find the number for your local NHS Board:
- on the invitation letter that was sent to you
- by phoning our health information team
Does my child need a second dose?
Almost all children will only need one dose of the vaccine.
However, if your child is under 9 years old they'll need a second dose (4 weeks after the first) if they:
- have a health condition and this was their first time getting the flu vaccine - this will make sure their immunity has fully built up
- were given the injectable vaccine and this was their first time getting the flu vaccine - even if they don't have a health condition
Please phone your local NHS Board using the number on the letter that was sent to you to find out about local arrangements.
Will my child be protected for life when they've had this vaccine?
No, your child will need to get the flu vaccine every year. Flu viruses are constantly changing and a different vaccine has to be made every year to ensure the best protection against flu. This is why the flu vaccine is offered every year during autumn/winter.
What if I change my mind?
If you change your mind, phone your local NHS Board using the number on the letter that was sent to you.
To withdraw consent, you'll need to confirm this in writing. To give consent, you'll need to fill in a new consent form.
Improving how vaccines are offered in Scotland
To improve how vaccinations are offered to you or your child, you may notice:
- you're invited to a new location to receive your immunisations instead of your GP practice
- the health professional giving your immunisations changes
You'll still receive clear information about the location, date and time of your appointment.