A new flu immunisation trial is being piloted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust is is one of seven teams across England chosen to give the immunisation to year seven and eight pupils in state secondary schools across Lancashire without the need for an injection.
The new vaccine will be provided in the form of a nasal spray rather than the traditional injection, meaning it is painless to receive and will also be absorbed quickly into the body.
This is the first year children in years seven and eight will be offered the flu vaccine, which has developed from last year’s programme which saw children aged four 10 vaccinated in pilot areas around England
Pearl Greenwood, immunisation team leader at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “As some children have a fear of injections, being able to provide the vaccine without the use of a needle will enable us to protect children from flu and avoid any unnecessary distress to hopefully make the process easier for the child involved.
“Providing the nasal spray vaccine in schools will help us to understand how best to vaccinate a large number of children in a short period of time and help protect them from what can be a very nasty illness.
“This in turn helps protect not only the children, but also their family, friends and local community by reducing the risk of the virus spreading.”