Primary school children
The flu vaccine is offered to all primary school children in Scotland. It's normally given at 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. You should complete the 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.
You and flu
This video introduces flu and the concept of immunisation in a fun and engaging way and shows how the nasal spray vaccine is administered.
What if my child's ill on the day?
Your child should not have the vaccine if:
- they’re very unwell (for example, with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting)
- their asthma is worse than usual, meaning they are wheezing more or have had to use their inhaler more than they normally do in the 3 days before their vaccination
Otherwise there is no reason to delay getting the vaccine.
What if my child misses their immunisation?
If your child misses their immunisation in school, please contact your local NHS Board to find out about local arrangements for getting their vaccine at another time.
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.