Influenza (Flu)

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly.

Flu can affect anyone, but some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death. The flu vaccination helps to prevent these risk to health.

Those who should consider having a flu vaccination

All those who have any condition listed above, or who are:

  • aged 65 years or over
  • living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a frontline health or social care worker
  • pregnant, see below
  • children of a certain age

Those aged 50 to 64 years old will also be offered flu vaccination this year.

For full details see: The flu vaccination: who should have it and why?

Manx Care is pleased to offer the childhood flu vaccine to children aged 2-3 years through their GP and to school children from Reception through to Year 6. This year, the programme is also being extended, to
include all secondary school aged children years 7 to 11.

The leaflets and guidance documents below provide more detailed information on the Isle of Man flu vaccination programme. Some documents have been adapted for local use by Public Health Isle of Man with kind permission from Public Health England. 

View the sections below with information for the public and information for professionals.

For the public

Guidance

Guidance: The flu vaccination: who should have it and why?
22 July 2021

School Programmes

Letter to Parents

Seasonal childhood flu immunisation programme 2021/2022 (PDF)

Guidance for parents and carers

Protect your child against flu - information for parents and carers of preschool and primary school aged children
18 August 2021

School Years 7-11 years

Protect yourself against flu - Information for those in school years 7 to 11
18 August 2021

Consent for children and young people

Print version: Consent form - School Reception - Year 6 (PDF)
29 July 2021

Online registration: Consent form – School Years 7 - 11

Translations into other Languages

Translated copies of some of the above leaflets are available in these languages English, English large print, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian and Urdu.

Disclaimer: The contents of these translated documents may differ slightly from local literature produced to support the Isle of Man COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Flu vaccination for children: leaflets and posters (gov.uk)

Flu vaccination for adults (gov.uk)

British Sign Language Video Resources

Flu vaccination for children: leaflets and posters (gov.uk)

Flu vaccination for adults (gov.uk)

Easy read guides

Easy-read guides providing information on influenza (flu) and vaccination (gov.uk)

Patient Information Leaflets (PIL)

Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) Patient information Leaflet (PIL)
10 August 2021

Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension influenza vaccine (LAIV) Patient Information Leaflet (PIL)
28 July 2021

For professionals

Guidance for healthcare professionals

Flu vaccination programme: information for health practitioners (gov.uk)
13 August 2021

Immunising preschool children against flu - Information for practitioners working in early years settings
22 July 2021

Guidance for schools

Programme briefing for schools
29 July 2021

Frontline flu for healthcare workers

Letter: Frontline health and care staff COVID-19 booster and flu vaccination
16 September 2021

Posters for print and display

Poster: Flu Vaccines 2020 to 2021 Season (PDF)
10 August 2021

Poster: Which vaccine should children have? (PDF)
September 2020

Poster: flu 5 reasons to vaccinate your child (PDF)
18 August 2021

Poster: flu 5 reasons to have the vaccine (PDF)
18 August 2021

Training

eLearn Vannin - Government employees

Flu immunisation training recommendations (gov.uk)

Green book chapters

Green Book Chapter 19: Influenza - Immunisation against infectious disease (gov.uk)
29 October 2020

Contraindications and Special Considerations - Chapter 6 (gov.uk)
26 October 2017

Patient Group Directive (PGD)

Patient Group Directives (PGD) - Influenza