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, offered to children in Reception year to year 5 in the autumn term
  • HPV Doses 1 and 2, given to girls from Year 8
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, polio and meningitis ACWY booster injections (two vaccinations), given to pupils in Year 9
  • The MMR catch up programme, for children with a missing or incomplete MMR history

All state maintained, academy and free schools and most independent schools are included in the programme. All childhood immunisations are carried out in schools by our team.

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.

The confirmed schedule for all schools in the area can be found below under 'Document downloads'. Use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to find your area.

Flu catch up clinics

If you have not been able to attend one of the school appointments, there are a number of catch up appointments in the community. Please see the details below under Document Downloads - Flu vaccine appointments across Berkshire. These are by appointment only so please ensure you call the centre to book in a slot before attending. Please note that the Slough clinic on 15 December has now been confirmed as 10am-12pm at Montem Leisure Centre.Ice Arena Car Park, SL1 2QG and 12.30-2.30pm at Asda Superstone, Cippenham, SL1 9LA.

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

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

01753 636759

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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