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Vaccinations (schools immunisations)

We look after all the school-based vaccine programmes in Buckinghamshire. We cover over 220 primary schools and 70 secondary schools (including private and independent schools).

For information about vaccinations for infants and pre-school children please see information about pre-school health checks and vaccinations on our health visiting page.

What we do

We do vaccinations in schools in line with the National Childhood Immunisation Programme and national campaigns.  We also offer local catch-up clinics for children and young people who miss 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 when and what immunisations they should have.

How we can help

If you, or your child has any concerns about vaccinations, for example, if your child is needle phobic, has additional needs or a health condition or disability, call us on 01296 567860. A member of the team will be happy to help.

Vaccinations we offer

The flu vaccination programme is available to all primary aged children via planned sessions in schools between October and December.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children and adults alike, causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness. This can often last a few days and be accompanied by a very high fever; some children may even require hospital admission for management and treatment of severe symptoms.

The flu vaccine (also referred to as Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine or LAIV) is administered to children as a nasal spray.

More information:

Full information about the children’s flu vaccine is available via www.nhs.net/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

View our list of frequently asked questions

Read more information about protecting your child against flu

 

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, we have had to change the dates of many of the school vaccination sessions.  Please contact the immunisation team on 01296 567860 who will be able to let you know of the revised date.

The HPV vaccine helps protect you from being infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus increases the risk of developing some cancers later in life, such as:

  • cervical cancer
  • some mouth and throat cancers
  • some cancers of the anus and genital areas

The HPV vaccine does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections.

HPV vaccination schedules
Two dose schedule (for boys and girls aged between 12 years old and below 15 years of age)

  • First dose of HPV vaccine
  • Second dose at least six to 24 months after the first dose

Three dose schedule (for girls aged 15 years and above)

  • First dose of HPV vaccine
  • Second dose at least one month after the first dose
  • A third dose at least three months after the second dose

It is important that you have ALL your required doses of the HPV vaccine to be properly protected.

Although the HPV vaccine is offered to boys and girls in Year 8, it is recommended that all young people from the age of 12 years up to their 25th birthday receive the vaccine.

If your daughter is 12-25 years and has not received her HPV vaccine please contact the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860.

If your son has not received his HPV vaccine and was eligible in school year 8 (ie in school year 8 in September 2019) please contact the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860.

More information

Find out more from www.nhs.net about the HPV vaccine

The brand name for the HPV vaccination is GARDASIL.

 

All young people in school Year 9 are offered the Men ACWY vaccination as part of the routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule. This is administered as a single injection into the upper arm.

What are meningitis and septicaemia?

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain, and can be the result of infection with a virus, bacteria, or other disease-causing organism, or as a result of injury.

There are five main groups of meningococcal bacteria that can cause meningitis and septicaemia – A, B, C, W and Y.

As well as meningitis, meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which is very serious, especially if not diagnosed early, and can lead to death.

Men ACWY Schedule

For protection against four groups (A, C, W and Y) of meningococcal infection, routinely the Men ACWY vaccine is given in Year 9 (aged 13 to 14).

It is important to have one dose of Men ACWY before you reach 19 years of age, or if you are going to university for the first time. If you have missed this, please contact the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860.

It is recommended that all first time university entrants (‘freshers’) up to 25 years old should have the Men ACWY vaccine before or soon after they start university. New university students are at particularly high risk in the first weeks of term when they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age.

The brand name for the Men ACWY vaccination is NIMENRIX.

The Td/IPV (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Polio) vaccination is usually administered at the same time as the Men ACWY vaccination (please see information below about Td/IPV).

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, we have had to change the dates of many of the school vaccination sessions.  Please contact the immunisation team on 01296 567860 who will be able to let you know of the revised date.

All young people in school Year 9 are offered the Td/IPV (teenage booster) vaccination as part of the routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule. This is administered as a single injection into the upper arm.

What is tetanus?

Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms, cause breathing problems and can kill. It is caused when germs found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. Tetanus cannot be passed from person to person.

What is diphtheria?

Diphtheria is a serious disease that usually begins with a sore throat and can quickly cause breathing problems. It can damage the heart and nervous system, and in severe cases, it can kill.

What is polio?

Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. If it affects the chest muscles or the brain, polio can kill.

The Td/IPV vaccine is a single booster vaccination against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Polio. You need a total of five does to build up and keep your immunity.  You should have:

  • the first three doses as a baby
  • the fourth dose when you are between three and five years old, before starting school, and
  • the fifth dose is due in Year 9 (aged 13 to 14)

If you have missed any of these, please contact the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860.

The brand name for the Td/IPV vaccination is REVAXIS.

For more information please read the REVAXIS leaflet.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella are viral infections that can quickly spread to unprotected children and adults – they spread more easily than flu or the common cold.

In 2019 there were 810 (798) cases of measles, 5558 (5042) cases of Mumps and 3 (3)  cases of Rubella in the UK (Figures in brackets show cases in England) [Source PHE April 2020].

What is measles?

Measles is a very infectious viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. If you are not protected and have even passing contact with someone who has measles, the chances are that you will be infected too.

There is no treatment or cure for measles. Symptoms include fever, sore red eyes, and rash. Complications are more likely to occur in certain groups including people with weakened immune systems, babies under one year old and pregnant women. Complications can include chest and ear infections, fits, diarrhoea, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and brain damage.

What is mumps?

Mumps is a viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes or close contact with someone who already has the infection. Symptoms usually last around two weeks and can include headache and fever but the most common symptom is swelling of the glands at the side of the face.

There is currently no medication to cure mumps so treatment is focused on relieving symptoms. Complications can be very painful and can include inflammation of the ovaries or testicles, and in rarer cases, the pancreas. Mumps can also cause viral meningitis and encephalitis (infection of the brain). Although permanent hearing loss after mumps is rare, around one in 20 people infected may have temporary hearing loss.

What is rubella (German Measles)?

Rubella is a viral illness that is now rare in the UK.  It is spread in a similar way to mumps and measles. For most people, it is usually a mild condition that gets better in 7 to 10 days without treatment. However, if pregnant women develop rubella it can be very serious for their unborn baby. Symptoms include a rash, cold-like symptoms, and aching joints.

The vaccine

The MMR vaccine gives long lasting protection with just two doses of the vaccine. It is a single injection that is administered into the thigh of young children or the upper arm of older children or adults. The first dose is usually given at the age of 12 months and the second dose around three years and four months, before starting school.

It is never too late to have the vaccine if you have missed one dose, had single vaccines, or never had any at all.

If you are unsure whether you have previously had the vaccine, you can check with the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860, or the nurse/ GP at your surgery.

Some adolescents and young adults are offered the MMR vaccine with their other teenage booster vaccines.

We also offer the MMR vaccine to younger children in Year 2, along with the Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Pertussis (DTaP/IPV) or pre-school booster , if your child has missed it. Please contact the Immunisation Team on 01296 567860 to make an appointment.

More information

The brand name for the MMR vaccination is PRIORIX.
For more information please read the PRIORIX leaflet.

The brand name for the DTaP/IPV vaccine is REPEVAX.
For more information please read the REPEVAX leaflet.

How your child will receive their vaccination

 

When your son or daughter reaches the eligible age for a vaccine, you’ll get an email including an electronic consent form, a covering letter and a patient information leaflet via your child’s school.

You can complete the form online. Please complete and return the consent form, even if you do not want your child vaccinated. There is a section on every form that allows you to refuse the vaccination.

If you’re unsure which vaccinations your child has had, please call your GP. We may also be able to help you with this.

Submitting your consent form

The portal for the electronic consent form will close 3 days before the date of the school vaccination session. This is to allow time for us to collate the forms and order the vaccines.

If you do not submit your form by this time, we can not vaccinate your child at the school vaccination session. You’ll need to contact us for a catch up clinic appointment.

If you can not access an electronic form, call us on 01296 567860.

Depending on your preference, we’ll either complete an online consent form with you over the phone, or send you a paper consent form in the post. If you’re posting a paper form back to us, please return it at least 1 week before the vaccination session date.

If your child is home educated or does not attend school

Call us on 01296 567860.

 

For children or young people having injections, it’s 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.

Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing to remove clothing. It’s also important that your child eats breakfast and stays hydrated before their vaccination.

Our team will visit your child’s school and will be assisted by school staff to identify children correctly.

 

We usually offer a catch up session in school. You can also arrange for your child to come to one of our community catch up clinics.

Call us on 01296 567860.

 

We understand that children with special educational needs or disabilities may be very anxious about having vaccinations. We work closely with the community nurses for children with learning disabilities team, as well as the school nurses, to support children and make their experience as stress free as possible.

 

We collect your child’s details and send the vaccine information to the Child Health Records Department. They will then pass this onto your child’s GP.

Contact

Immunisation (vaccinations) team
Immunisation (vaccinations) team

01296 567860