We are commissioned by Public Health England to offer vaccinations to all children of school age, as part of the UK national vaccination programme.
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 he/she can be supported to receive their immunisation. Contact the school-aged immunisation team to find out when these are in your area.
The school-aged immunisation team respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases in schools/nurseries, as directed by Public Health England.
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.
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.
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, those aged 4-9 on 31 August 2018 are eligible to have the flu vaccine in school. 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.
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.
You can find more information by visiting:
Protecting your child against flu
MMR vaccination year 2
Flu: 5 reasons to vaccinate your child
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