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School Age Immunisations

The School-Age Immunisation Service offers vaccinations to children (aged 4-16) across all Hampshire schools and children who are electively home educated.
For children attending a special school, we offer vaccinations up to their 25th birthday.

The teams work closely with Teachers, School Nurses and other health professionals to help ensure young people receive their vaccinations when they are due.

Winter Flu Vaccine programme

Almost all children will be able to have the vaccine as a nasal spray (up the nose), which is a quick and painless process.

Serious side effects are uncommon but many children can develop a runny or blocked nose, headache, some tiredness or loss of appetite that lasts for a short period

Why is the flu vaccination for children important?

Flu is unpredictable. It can be a serious illness that leads to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, and painful ear infection in children. Children under the age of 5 years old have the highest rate of hospital admission of any age group. 

How will we be able to sign up for consent?

SHFT School Age Immunisation Service are now implementing an electronic consent process.
The electronic consent process involves the school sending a link to parent/carers to access the electronic consent form.
You can then complete the required information and submit the completed form which will be managed by our service.
This means that the distribution and collection of paper consent forms is no longer required.
We acknowledge that not all parents have access to a computer; are not completely at ease using the internet, and may have some difficulties completing the consent form in this way, therefore please contact us for further information. 

E-Consent    

5 Reasons

to get your child vaccinated

  1. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  2. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
  3. Flu can be really serious, especially for children with medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes
  4. If your child gets flu you may have to take time off to look after them
  5. Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu

How to complete the FLU  E-Consent online form

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to have the flu vaccination every year?
Yes, the flu vaccine for each winter helps provide protection against the stains of flu that are like to be present and may be different from those circulating from last year. Protection from the flu vaccine may only last about six months so you should have the flu vaccine each flu season.

Why is my child's school not having the vaccination until December?
The school age immunisation service offer the flu vaccination to children in over 600 schools, the team arrange the sessions in schools between October and December to ensure that all children are offered the vaccine. If your child is in a clinical risk group and the session in school is not until later in the year, your child will be able to receive the vaccination at the GP surgery
 
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes, the nasal flu vaccination is safe and effective. Evidence has shown that since the introduction of the vaccination to the childhood programme, there has been a significant reduction in the number of children attending A & E with respiratory related illnesses

I can't access the E Consent form.
If you are having trouble accessing the link on the letter emailed to you, please type www.hampshirehealthyfamilies.org.uk into your search engine and click on the Cinnamon digital link. This will take you to the consent form.

I don't have an email account, how do I get my child vaccinated?
If you have a family member who has an email address, you could ask them to use this. Alternatively you can contact your school who will be able to supply you with a paper consent form



My child is home educated, can I get the vaccine at the GP?

If your child is in the clinical risk group, then they will be able to receive the vaccine at the GP. The school age immunisation teams are contacting parents of children who are home educated and offering an appointment in a community clinic.

What if my child is ill on the day of the session, will you go back into school to give the vaccine?
If you have completed a consent form and your child does not receive the vaccination, you will receive an email asking you to contact your local immunisation team to book into a community clinic

I didn't fill the form in before the session, can I still get my child vaccinated?
The E Consent will re-open after the session in school, which will allow you to complete a form, your child will need to have the vaccination in a community clinic. You will need to contact the team to book this

My child is allergic to eggs, can they still have the vaccine?
If your child has been in intensive care because of their egg allergy, they will be offered an alternative vaccination. Please speak to the immunisation team if you are unsure if your child can receive the vaccine

Is there an alternative vaccine for children who do not want the nasal vaccine because of the gelatine in the vaccine?
This year we are able to offer an alternative vaccine to families who decline the vaccine on religious grounds. Please contact your local immunisation team to discuss



















Frequently asked questions about School Age Immunisations

What vaccines should my child have had already?
You can see which vaccinations your child should have had by viewing our vaccination schedule

I don't know what vaccines my child has already had
You can contact the SAI team who can check your child's immunisation history, or you can contact your GP.

How do I know what vaccines I am consenting to?
The E Consent letter you receive from the SAI team will explain the vaccines being offered. There are links on the letter which will take you to further information about the vaccinations

What vaccines are usually given at what age 
The nasal flu vaccination is given to children in the autumn term. In 2020 this was for all children in year R-Year 7 in mainstream school and for older children in special schools.
The HPV vaccination, protecting against cancers caused by the HPV virus is given to boys and girls in year 8.
The teenage booster vaccinations, protecting against Meningococcal strains ACW&Y and the tetanus, diphtheria and polio booster  is given to all pupils in year 9

What happens if my child misses their vaccinations?
The SAI team will continue to offer vaccinations to all pupils who miss their vaccinations when they next visit the school.

What if my child is electively home educated?
The team will make contact with you and offer the vaccinations in a community clinic.

Is it safe to have lots of vaccines on the same day?
Yes, it is safe for your child to receive multiple vaccines on the same day.

What happens if I cannot access the E Consent form?
You can access the consent forms using this link: E-Consent

Can boys of all ages get the HPV vaccination?
From September 2019 the HPV vaccination was offered to boys in year 8 as well as girls. Older boys were not eligible for the vaccination.

How long should there be between dose 1 and 2 of the HPV vaccination?
The 2nd vaccination will be given 6-12 months after the 1st vaccine.

What happens if my child does not have the HPV vaccination until they are older.
Anyone who has their 1st vaccine after their 15th birthday will need to have 3 vaccinations, the nurse will discuss this with you and them.

What happens if my child does not have their vaccinations before they leave school?
Your GP will be able to offer the vaccinations to your child.

What are the side effects of having the vaccinations?
It is normal for your child to have a sore arm at the injection site, some redness or swelling may be evident, they may also get a headache. These symptoms should normally disappear after a day or two.
If you complete an E Consent form,  you will receive an email after the vaccination has been given with this information

I have had a message on the E Consent saying "School closed" what does this mean?
The screen will show a big green tick, you will then receive an email confirming what vaccination you have consented to

Can my child get their vaccinations if I have not completed a consent form?
No, we will need a consent form to be completed before the session. This allows the staff to check your child's immunisation history before they give the vaccines.

What happens if I completed a paper form, can they still have the vaccinations? 
Yes, the School Age Iimmunisation team introduced E Consents in the summer of 2020, we are currently vaccinating using E Consent and paper forms.

Do children still get the BCG vaccination in school?
The BCG vaccination is no longer given to pupils as part of the childhood immunisation programme.

Your immunisation nurse

Immunisation nurses work in partnership with children and their families to provide access to the full childhood immunisation programme - a key part of the UK Government's 'Healthy Child Programme'.

All children are routinely offered vaccinations which protect against:

  • tetanus, diphtheria, polio
  • (known as Td/IPV)
  • measles, mumps, rubella (known as MMR)
  • influenza (also known as seasonal flu)
  • hepatitis B
  • rotavirus gastroenteritis
  • human papilloma virus (known as HPV) helps to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus
  • meningococcal groups A, C, W, Y and B
  • pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) pneumococcal disease

For more information on each of these vaccinations you can visit: 
Vaccination List

The school vaccination calendar

Autumn Term: Seasonal Nasal Flu is offered annually to children aged 4-12 in Year R to Year 7 (in some special schools, it is offered up until 18th years of age).

Spring term: Teenage boosters (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and MenACWY) offered to all in Year 9 and above.
Summer term : HPV vaccines offered to Year 8 (first dose) and Year 9 (second dose), plus any catch-ups of teenage boosters.

There are several community clinics run throughout the year for various immunisations offered to those that are electively home educated. Immunisation records are regularly reviewed and if you are missing any of the vaccinations you will be directed to your GP or offered an appointment with the immunisation service.

Hampshire Covid contact details: hsiccg.covid.vaccination.enquiries@nhs.net

Immunisation team contact details:

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