The School Aged Immunisation team consists of registered nurses and healthcare support workers who are commissioned by NHS England to deliver the National School Aged Programme of Immunisations across Berkshire. These programmes are mainly delivered in schools, but may be delivered in community clinics or homes for children who are unable to access school-based provisions.
Our school-based immunisation programme includes:
- National Flu Programme: This is offered every autumn to all children from reception up to year 6 in primary school, and from reception upwards in all of our special educational needs schools
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): This is a two dose programme (given 6 to 24 months apart) dose 1 is offered to all boys and girls in year 8 of school
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio booster (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY booster injections: Two vaccinations offered to all pupils in Year 9, usually delivered in the spring term
- MMR targeted catch up programme: for children and young people in year 2 and year 9 of school who are known to have an incomplete MMR history, this catch up programme is offered throughout the academic year.
All state maintained, academy and free schools and most independent schools are included in the programme, including special schools and pupil referral units. For children who are home educated or have missed their dose at school, community clinics are provided across Berkshire. If your child has missed their routine school immunisations, please contact the team as they can be provide these immunisations up until young people finish full time education.
If your child is needle phobic, highly anxious or you are worried, contact the team, and they will be able to advise how they can be supported to receive their immunisation. Contact the school-aged immunisation team to find out when these are in your area.
If you would like to know more about the childhood vaccination schedule, visit the NHS vaccinations page
For a souce of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases visit Vaccine Knowledge Project
See the Document Downloads section to view the Public Health England vaccination schedule.
The NHS has produced a great resource explaining why vaccines are safe and necessary
You don’t need to refer your child for vaccinations. We’ll send a consent form home to you, via the school, to ask for your consent for your child to be vaccinated when they’re due the next vaccine on the national schedule. The form will explain where you can get more information from about the vaccine. You’ll need to return the completed consent form to your school, where it will be collected by the team.
The school will then tell you when we will be coming to your child’s school to immunise your child. We visit your child’s school on the date and time planned. The nurse will check their consent form with them, make sure they understand what’s happening and check they’re well enough to have the vaccination.
Children of secondary school age might be able to give their own consent for their immunisation, if they can demonstrate they fully understand the benefits and risks.
If your child is home educated, or not fully accessing the curriculum, they can be immunised at their local community clinic by our team. You will need to go with them.
All children and young people who have a vaccination are given the opportunity to give feedback about the service they received. Our team ask schools for their feedback as well.
All children in the UK are offered the combined MMR vaccine at 12 months and again at 3 years and 4 months, which means they would be fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella by the time they start primary school. To make sure your child's vaccines are up to date either check your child's personal health record (red book) or contact your GP.
Cases of measles are on the increase. It is an extremely contagious virus that can lead to serious complications. See our news story and the Measles leaflet in the Document Downloads section at the bottom of this page for more information. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. The disease is still endemic in many countries around the world including within Europe, with France, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Germany reporting the highest cases. If you are planning on travelling abroad, make sure you check your child's red book and contact your GP if they are not up to date with two MMR vaccinations.
If your child has not received two combined MMR vaccines they are not protected. It is not too late to get this done. Contact the school-aged immunisation team for East Berkshire on bks-tr.SchoolimmunisationTeam@nhs.net or 01753 636759, or West Berkshire on bks-tr.SchoolimmunisationTeam@nhs.net or0118 9207575.
Public Health England has produced an informative leaflet on the MMR vaccine, available in 21 languages.
All primary school aged children are entitled to have the flu vaccination. This is commissioned to be given in school and community clinics. Children with certain medical conditions will receive their vaccination at their GP surgery.
The flu vaccine will protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and will prevent the spread of infection to others, which is particularly important with vulnerable groups. It is a nasal spray and is painless and easy to receive. If your child is aged two or three on 31 August 2019 they are eligible to have the flu vaccine at their local general practice. See the leaflets below for further information on the flu vaccine and eligibility.
The nasal flu vaccination programme is being piloted in primary schools across England. Find out more.
See the Document Downloads section for more information on the flu vaccination and for the school and catch up clinics schedules by area. This includes clinics on 14 December special clinics in Slough for all primary school aged children who missed the vaccination at their school where children can receive the flu immunisation for free:
10am-12pm at the Centre, Farnham Road, Slough SL1 4UT
12-30-2.30pm at Tesco Extra, Brunel Way, Wellington Street, Slough SL1 1XW
The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019 the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.
HPV is a common group of viruses that affects the skin. It is very common, and most people will get HPV of some type in their life. It has no symptoms, so you may not know if you have it. Most HPV infections do not cause any problems and are cleared by the body within two years. Some types can, however, lead to genital warts or abnormal cell changes that could turn into cancer.
We understand the issue of pork ingredients is of concern to some groups. Please see the following leaflets for further information on how and why porcine gelatine is used in vaccines.
- All children and young people who have a vaccination – except those who get a flu jab – are given the chance to answer a short online questionnaire on what they thought about the service they received. Our team asks schools for feedback on the childhood flu immunisation service.
You can find more information by visiting:
- NHS Choices vaccination planner
- NHS Choices vaccination schedule
- Department of Health website - information on vaccinations
- Oxford Vaccines Group - information and studies on vaccinations
- Vaccinations: What you need to know - useful information covering everything you need to know about vaccinations, published by Public Health England
- Why vaccines are safe and important - information from the NHS
- Share good times not flu - this informative website gives easy to understand information about the flu vaccine as well as a toolkit which can be used in schools
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