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Immunisations

Flu | HPV | MenACWY | Td/IPV | MMR

The Immunisation Team


 During the COVID-19 pandemic the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Immunisation Team is continuing to immunise teenagers in secondary schools across Buckinghamshire. 

The team have liaised closely with schools and rescheduled dates for HPV and those schools which closed in March prior to the delivery of their Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Meningitis ACWY vaccination session.

All sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic are being run in full compliance to all Public Health England guidance observing 2 metre distancing and with the team wearing PPE. For those parents who would like their child immunised but do not feel comfortable bringing them to a school session, or if your child is home educated, we continue to run community catch up clinics across the county. Please call the immunisation team on 01296 567860 for advice and/or to book a clinic appointment.​ 


 

Our team is responsible for all school-based immunisation programmes in the Buckinghamshire area. We cover 5 localities - Buckingham, Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe. In total this is over 220 primary schools and 70 secondary schools (including private and independent schools).

The team is made up of an Immunisation Team Lead, a Specialist Immunisation Nurse, Community Staff Nurses, Health Care Assistants and Admin support staff.

Our Service

Our vaccination programmes are primarily carried out in school-based settings and are delivered according to the National Childhood Immunisation Programme and national campaigns. 

We also offer local catch-up clinics for those who have been absent during school vaccination sessions, for young people educated at home, or young people with an individual need.

Your child should be up-to-date with their childhood immunisations before starting primary school. You can check what immunisations they should have had with this handy vaccinations planner.

Can we help?

If you, or your child, have any concerns regarding vaccinations, for example your child is needle phobic, has additional needs or a health condition or disability, or you want to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 567860 and a member of the Immunisation Team will be pleased to help you.

What vaccinations do we offer?

We offer the following vaccinations which protect children and young people against:

  • Flu for children in Year Reception to Year 6, this is seasonal and will be given between October and December
  • The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which protects both girls and boys against HPV related cancers such as cervical, some mouth and throat cancers and some cancers of the anus and genital areas.  We give the first dose in Year 8, and a second in Year 9.
  • Meningococcal disease strains A, C, W, Y (Men ACWY). This is currently being offered to young people in Year 9.
  • Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio (Td/IPV). This is offered at the same time as Men ACWY in Year 9.
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR). For any young person who did not complete their two doses, had single vaccines or did not have any at all.

How does my child get their vaccinations?

The immunisation team have implemented an E-consenting system since 2018, this enables an electronic version of the consent form to be emailed directly to the parent/carer.  This can then be completed and submitted on-line directly to the immunisation team.

When your son or daughter reaches the eligible age for a vaccine, the link for an electronic consent form, a covering letter and a patient information leaflet will be emailed to you, via your child’s school, along with the school’s unique code (URN number).

The form can be completed on any platform i.e. mobile phone, tablet or computer, and is then submitted on-line.

You must complete all areas of the on-line consent form. The information that is requested is required in order to safely vaccinate your child.  If the on-line form is not fully completed it will not submit and you will receive an error message indicating where information is missing.

From September 2020 we will to be able to match a child’s NHS number to their immunisation consent form, through our e-consenting system.  If you are unsure of the vaccinations that your child has received previously, please call your GP.   The immunisation team may also be able to help you with this.

We ask that you complete and return the consent form, whether you would like your child to be vaccinated or not. There is a section on every form that allows you to ‘refuse’ the vaccination.

The portal for the electronic consent form will close three days prior to the date of the vaccination session at the school to allow time for the Immunisation Team to triage the forms and order vaccines for the session.

Parents who have not submitted their consent form by this time, will not be able to have their child vaccinated at that school session and will need to contact the Immunisation Team for a catch up clinic appointment.

In the rare event that you are unable to access an electronic form, please contact the immunisation team on 01296 567860 and depending on your preference, the team will either complete an on-line consent form with you over the phone or a paper consent form will be sent in the post to you. They are also available to download from this website (please follow the link under the appropriate vaccine heading).

These must be returned to school at least one week before the session date so that it can be triaged along with the other forms.   

If your child is home-educated or does not attend school for any other reason, Please contact the immunisation team on 01296 567860 and depending on your preference, the team will either complete an on-line consent form with you over the phone or a paper consent form will be sent in the post to you.

When are the dates for the vaccination sessions?

  • New dates will be uploaded shortly.

What happens on the day?

The Immunisation Team will visit your child’s school and will be assisted by school staff to identify children correctly.

For any children/young people having injections, it is important that they wear short sleeves that allow easy access to their upper arms, or wear a vest or t-shirt under their school shirt on the day of vaccination. Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing to remove clothing to be vaccinated.  It is also important that children/young people eat breakfast and are well hydrated prior to vaccinations being given.

What if my child is unwell/absent on the day of vaccination?

We usually offer a catch up session in school if your child is absent or unwell on the day, or you can arrange to come to one of our community catch up clinics. Please call the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860.

Children with Special Educational Needs

We understand that children with special educational needs or disabilities may be very anxious about having vaccinations. The Immunisation Team work closely with the Community Nurses for Children with Learning Disabilities Team, and the nurses based in schools to support children and make their experience as stress-free as possible.

Is the information sent to my GP?

The Immunisation Team collects the details of children who have been vaccinated, and sends it to the Child Health Records Department. The information is then passed on to your child’s GP.

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