Our Child Immunisation Service is responsible for school-based immunisation programmes in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon and Camden.
Immunisation makes sure that our bodies are best-protected against some serious diseases. It means that if we come into contact with certain diseases our bodies are better-equipped to fight them off.
As a result of the UK’s national immunisation programme, a number of diseases have disappeared from the UK, such as polio. However, as they are still present in other countries, they could come back, so it is vital that we remain protected. Maintaining high immunisation rates means that we not only protect ourselves, but also our families and communities, and it helps to keep diseases at bay.
We offer the following immunisation services through our School Vaccination Programme.
Our school-based immunisation team is responsible for school-based immunisation programmes in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon and Camden.
Our vaccination programmes are primarily carried out in school-based settings and are delivered according to national campaigns and the scheduled school vaccination programme.
We offer local catch-up clinics for those children who have been absent during school vaccination programmes or for young people who are educated at home or have an individual need.
We offer the following vaccinations:
- The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine for 12 to 13 year old girls in year 8 and from September 2019 boys aged 12 to 13 years at school in year 8
- The DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) teenage booster for 13 to 14 year old girls and boys in year 9
- Meningococcal (Meningitis) ACWY vaccine for 13 to 14 year old girls and boys in year 9
- Seasonal influenza (‘flu) vaccination (Reception class and years 1, 2, 3, 4,5 and 6)
We also offer a BCG vaccination programme:
CNWL BCG Community clinics are available to any child who has missed a BCG immunisation at birth and who meet the following criteria for the boroughs below.
Babies Born after the 1 September 2016 ~ all babies birthed in a maternity unit in London with an active BCG service will be offered their BCG vaccines and this offer stands for up to 28 days. After this only babies who fall within the 2 priority groups named below will be offer neonatal BCG in the community.
** The groups eligible for vaccination are:
- All infants (aged 0 to 12 months) with a parent or grandparent who was born in a High Risk country where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.
Camden and Hillingdon.
- All infants (aged 0 to 12 months) living in areas of the UK where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.
For London an area of high annual incidence of 40 per 100,000 or greater is defined as a borough with high annual incidence of 40 per 100,000 or higher. As of September 2017 (PHE TB report, 2017), the boroughs CNWL provide Universal BCG for all babies due to the High Risk are:
2. Brent - annual TB incidence rate of 57.8 per 100,000
3. Ealing - annual TB incidence rate of 47.3 per 100,000
Referral to the service must be made by a GP or Health Visitor using a completed referral form for Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon.
Camden residents can telephone the booking department on 020 3317 5076.
Other services we offer include:
- Guidance on immunisation for professionals looking after children with underlying medical conditions
- Specialist immunisation advice to GP practices and other health professionals
- Interventions to reduce inequalities in the uptake for special groups (travellers, looked after children, unaccompanied children asylum-seekers, unregistered children and child in need).
Our team is led by an immunisations specialist nurse who works with our 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 forms and information leaflets are sent out by your child’s school or direct to parents and carers at the appropriate time. Please make sure you complete the consent forms and return these to the service as the form explains.
We will always make the most effort to receive the completed consent form from parents and carers. However, if the consent form is not received, young people in secondary school are able to self-consent in certain circumstances (known as ‘Gillick Competence’) but only after an individual assessment by the immunisation nurse. The nurse will check the child meets certain guidelines, such as being able to understand the information and have capacity in order to self-consent.
The nurse will check the consent form and make sure your child is well and able to have the immunisations that day.
This service is only for children between reception class and year 10 who are being educated within the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon and Camden.
All children in education are automatically referred. Parents and professionals can self-refer children by calling the service directly.
We operate between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For the Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Camden school-based immunisation service, please contact the inner London Immunisation Team:
Ground Floor, Peckwater Centre 6 Peckwater Street London NW5 2TX
Telephone: 020 3317 5076 (Immunisation office) or 020 3317 5074 (Immunisation Nurse)
For the Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon school-based immunisation service, please contact the outer London Immunisation Team:
The Warren Health Centre Uxbridge Road Hayes UB4 0SF
Telephone: 01895 485740