Immunisation Team

We offer vaccinations to all children of school age, as part of the Department of Health’s national vaccination programme.

This includes:

  • Flu vaccinations, which from 2019 will be offered to children in Reception year to year 6 during the autumn term
  • HPV Doses 1 and 2, given to girls from Year 8 in the summer term. NB HPV will be also delivered to boys commencing in the 2019/20 academic year; delivery starts in summer term 2020
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, polio and meningitis ACWY booster injections (two vaccinations), given to pupils in Year 9, and usually delivered in the spring term
  • The MMR catch up programme from year 2 upwards, for children with a missing or incomplete MMR history, 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. All childhood immunisations are carried out in schools by our team. For children who are home educated or have missed their dose at school, community clinics are provided across Berkshire. If your child has missed his/her routine school immunisations, contact the team as they can be provide these immunisations up until young people finish full time education (Year 13).

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 Immunisation Team to find out when these are in your area.

The Immunisation team respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases in schools/nurseries, as directed by Public Health England

If you want to know more about the childhood vaccination schedule, visit the Vaccine Knowledge Project who provide a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases.

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. All children due to be vaccinated on that day are asked to go to the allocated room in the school in turn to see one of our team for their immunisation. 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. You will need to go with them.

Flu vaccine

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 2018 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.

Flu catch up clinics

For children in Reception to Year 5 who haven’t received their flu vaccine for 2018/2019, we still have additional catch up clinics running into February 2019. These are by appointment only so please ensure you call the centre to book in a slot before attending.

Thursday 17 January 2019: King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor

Monday 4 February 2019: Whitley Health and Social Services Centre, Reading, Morning Appointments available

Tuesday 12 February  2019, 3-4.45pm: Oaks and Hollies Children’s Centre, Wordsworth, Bracknell, RG12 8QN

Tuesday 12 February 2019: West Berkshire Community Hospital, Thatcham, Afternoon Appointments available

Saturday 9 February 2019, 9.30am-12.45pm: Upton Hospital – Fir Tree House, Albert Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2BJ

Thursday 14 February 2019, 2.30-4.45pm: King Edward VII Hospital, St Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DP

Monday 25 February 2019: Whitley Health and Social Services Centre, Reading, Morning Appointments available

 

Contact us on 01753 636759 to book an appointment.

 

Our website gives information about each of the vaccines administered by the Immunisation Team.

You can find more information by visiting:

Berkshire West (Wokingham, Reading, West Berkshire)

01189 207525

bks-tr.SchoolimmunisationTeam@nhs.net

Berkshire East (Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell)

01753 636759

bks-tr.SchoolimmunisationTeam@nhs.net

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.

Vaccines and porcine gelatine

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.

Porcine gelatine information - English

Porcine gelatine information - Arabic

Porcine gelatine information - Belgali

Porcine gelatine information - Urdu

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