Immunisations (primary school)

Service overview

Since Autumn 2015, all children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect them against the flu as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

This is delivered within schools by our school nursing teams.

The flu vaccine for children is needle-free and is given as a single dose that is sprayed up each nostril. It is quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. The nasal spray is more effective than the injected flu vaccine, especially in young children, which is why children are now routinely offered the nasal spray rather than the flu jab.

Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally, a child may die from flu.

The nasal spray vaccine contains flu viruses that have been weakened to stop them causing flu. It will help your child build up immunity to flu in a similar way as natural infection (but without the symptoms). Because the main flu viruses change each year, a new nasal spray vaccine has to be given each year, in the same way as the injectable flu vaccine. The flu vaccine for children has a very good safety profile. It has been widely used in the US for more than 10 years and no safety concerns have been raised so far.

We send parents/carers a letter about the immunisation at the start of the Autumn term. This will ask for consent for your child to be given the vaccine. The immunisation will then be done at school by the school nurse.

The nasal spray flu vaccine has very few side effects, the main one being that vaccinated children may have a runny nose for a short time afterwards.

Teams and contact details

Mid Surrey area (covering Banstead, Dorking, East Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Tattenham)

Area teamsLocationTel
Banstead and Tattenham 0-19 Team
Tattenham Health Centre 01737 361 031
Dorking 0-19 Team
Medwyn Centre
01306 748 901
East Elmbridge 0-19 Team
Molesey Clinic020 8979 6464
Epsom and Ewell 0-19 Team
Epsom Clinic01372 730 040
Leatherhead 0-19 Team
Leatherhead Clinic01372 384 300


East Surrey area (covering Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Horley, Oxted, Caterham and Lingfield)

Area team Location Tel
East Surrey School Immunisation Team
Forum House, Redhill 01737 775 465


West Surrey area (covering Woking, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, West Elmbridge, Surrey Heath and Waverley boroughs)

Area teamAddressTel
North West Surrey School Nursing Team (covering mainstream schools in the boroughs of Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking)
Woking Community Hospital,
Heathside Road,
Woking
GU22 7HS
01483 846 201
Runnymede School Nurse team The Grove Community Health Centre,
Church Street,
Egham
TW20 9QN
01784 430 522
Guildford School Nurse Team (covering mainstream schools in the Guildford and Waverly boroughs)60 Stoughton Road,
Guildford
GU1 1LJ
01483 783 171
Waverley School Nurse team Farnham Hospital & Centre for Health,
Hale Road,
Farnham
GU9 9QL
01483 782 092
North East Surrey School Nursing Team (covering mainstream schools in Spelthorne and West Elmbridge boroughs)Ashford Clinic,
66 Stanwell Road,
Ashford
TW15 3DU

01784 883 695
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (secure answerphone service)

Surrey Heath School Nurse team Camberley Health Centre,
159 Frimley Road,
Camberley
GU15 2QA
01276 217 99
West Surrey Immunisation Team

Goldsworth Park Health Centre
Denton Way
Woking
Surrey
GU21 3LQ
01483 728 201 ext. 377

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