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Child flu vaccine pilot extended to secondary schools

In 2013/14 the flu vaccine pilot was launched in a cross section of primary schools in England. On 28 July 2014 the Department of Health announced arrangements for the next year school year on its website. The vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray. The longer term intention is to extend the programme to cover all in the two to 17 age range.

In 2014/15 years seven and eight have been targeted.

The announcement lacks detail of the logistics other than it will take place in the autumn term and that details will be released later in the year.

NAHT supports the principle but has concerns about the process. We contributed to a planning workshop late in 2013, submitting a lengthy paper outlining the issues for schools. there has been no subsequent engagement despite efforts on NAHT's behalf. The association is contacting the Department of Health to ensure that planning involves input from education professionals.

Regions identified for involvement in 2014/15 are as follows:


  • Cumbria
  • Northumberland
  • Tyne and Wear

Primary and secondary

  • Greater Manchester
  • Essex
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • London ("parts of")

  • Lancashire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Humberside
  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Bassetlaw
  • West Yorkshire
  • Arden
  • Herefordshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Birmingham
  • Solihull
  • The Black Country
  • East Anglia
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire

If you have any queries please contact NAHT HQ.

Page Published: 06/08/2014