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, given to children in reception year and above 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. And all childhood immunisations are carried out in schools by our team.

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.

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.

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.

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 (RBWM, Slough, Bracknell)

01753 636799

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.

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