Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the provision of the FluMist flu vaccine in schools; whether take-up of that vaccine by schools is voluntary; and what procedures his Department has put in place for parents who do not wish their children to be immunised with that vaccine.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The take-up of Fluenz, the children's flu vaccine, is voluntary and parents are provided with a consent form to be completed before vaccination through the schools programme.

A child who is unable to have the live attenuated influenza vaccine, for reasons other than being medically contraindicated, will continue to derive benefit from the programme by virtue of the reduction of transmission among their peers.

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