School-based immunisation services

Our team is responsible for school-based immunisation programmes in the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster.

Our vaccination programmes are primarily carried out in school-based settings and are delivered according to national campaigns and the childhood immunisation schedule. 

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

About the team

The team is led by an immunisations specialist nurse who works in conjunction with the school nursing service. The team work in partnership with Public Health England, GPs, the school nursing teams and local services such as health visiting, community children’s nursing teams, looked-after children's teams, the Child Development Centre and social services.

Consent process 

Consent forms and information leaflets are sent out via your child's school at the appropriate time. Young people in secondary school who are assessed as competent by nurses can legally self consent for any immunisation.

The nurse will check the consent form and ensure your child is well and able to have their immunisations that day.

Vaccinations

  • The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine for 12-13 year old girls, year 8
  • The DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) final school booster for 14-15 year old girls and boys, year 10
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis) ACWY vaccine for 14-15 year old girls and boys, year 10
  • Seasonal Influenza (‘flu) Vaccination  (Years 1 & 2)

Services offered

  • Guidance on immunisation for professionals looking after children with underlying medical conditions
  • Specialist immunisation advice to GP practices and other health professionals
  • Training for healthcare professionals in the fundamentals of immunisation and immunisation updates
  • Interventions to reduce inequalities in the uptake for special groups (travellers, looked after children, unaccompanied children asylum-seekers, unregistered children and child in need).
  • Catch-up Clinics 


Seasonal Influenza (‘flu) Vaccination (Years 1 and 2)

In the Autumn Term 2015/16, the flu intra-nasal vaccine will be available to all children in years 1 and 2 attending school as part of the national Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme.

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.

It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

Further information can be found on the NHS England website (opens child flu vaccine information page)

 


HPV Vaccination – Preventing Cervical Cancer

The HPV vaccination programme involves two injections, given between six and 24 months apart, and is available to all girls in year 8.

Read more about this vaccination on the NHS England website (opens hpv information page)

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (Teenage Booster) - Years  9 or 10

Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms, breathing problems and can be fatal. It is caused when bacteria found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. 

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.

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.

Read more about this vaccination on the NHS England website (opens teenager booster information page)

 

Meningitis Vaccine (Years 9 or 10)

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain. One of the most serious and common causes of meningitis is by meningococcal bacteria. As well as meningitis, meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), both of which can be very serious or fatal.

Teenagers are at higher risk of developing meningococcal disease and will be offered the vaccine which protects against four different types of Meningitis: A, C, W and Y at the same time as the Teenage Booster.

Read more on the NHS England website (opens meningitis information page)

 

Eligibility criteria (who is the service for?)

The service is for children between school years 1-10 living or being educated within the borough.

How can someone be referred?

Automatic referral for all children in education, parents and professionals can self refer children by calling the service directly. 

 

Can I use Choose and Book to arrange my first outpatient appointment?

Choose and Book is not applicable to this service.

 

Service times

The service operates from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (no clinical service during school holidays).

 

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