Immunisations

Immunisations are mainly delivered in schools, or in some cases, local health clinics. This will include the vaccinations below.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Programme

This is the annual seasonal vaccination to prevent influenza. From September to December 2017 this will be offered to children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year and Year 4 in primary school. Fluenz is given by a nasal spray. Click here for further information on what is involved.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination

This is the vaccination offered to girls in Year 8 (aged 12-13) to help prevent cervical cancer. It is given by an injection in the upper arm. For girls who are under 15 a two – dose schedule is used with the second dose being given a year after the first.

From Sept 2017, the vaccination will be offered to girls in Year 8 (aged 12-13) with the first dose being given during the autumn term, the second being given during the summer term of Year 8. This means that each girl will be fully immunised within the same school year.

Current research suggests that for girls over 15 years a three – dose schedule is more effective with the second dose one month after the first, and a third dose four-six months after the second.

Teenage Booster Vaccination

This is the common name for the final diptheria, tetanus and polio booster vaccination given to students in Year 9, which completes the 5 dose schedule that was given at 2, 3 & 4 months old and as pre-school booster. At the same time the meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be given. Both these vaccinations are given by injection – one in each arm.

Pupils in school years 10, 11, 12 and 13 should contact their GP to find out when they are eligible to receive the vaccine at the GP surgery.

For young people who are educated at home, or elsewhere, please contact your local immunisation team to arrange to have your vaccination in a clinic setting.

Written consent will be sought from parents/guardians before any immunisations are administered to their child within the school or clinic setting.

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Teenagers in years 9 are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningococcal disease. This replaces the Men C vaccine and gives protection against more strains of meningococcal infection. Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly strain (W).

The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. At the same time the Teenage Booster vaccine will be given. Both these vaccinations are given by injection – one in each arm.

There are two Men ACWY vaccines called nimenrix and Menveo. They are very similar and both work equally well.

Pupils in school years 10, 11, 12 and 13 should contact their GP to find out when they are eligible to receive the vaccine at the GP surgery.

For young people who are educated at home, or elsewhere, please contact your local immunisation team to arrange to have your vaccination in a clinic setting.

Written consent will be sought from parents/guardians before any immunisations are administered to their child within the school or clinic setting.

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