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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.

If you have recieved a letter from your school or local council asking you to register for your child's immunisations, you can do this online through our e-consent service. Click the link below to start registering your child. 

E-Consent 

Covid restrictions and catch-up service update.
School-Age Immunisation services continuing as normal

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's immunisation teams are continuing to vaccinate in schools for the national HPV vaccination and teenage boosters programme.
Parents are being advised to contact their school for more information on when the clinics are running.

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.

What happens if I cannot access the E Consent form?  
Select the form for the vaccination mentioned in your letter and only complete ONE form per child. You will know you have successfully submitted a form as you will see a large green tick on your screen and you will receive a confirmation message via email
 

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 4-16 in Year R to Year 11 (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.

Immunisation team contact details:

  • South East (Havant, Fareham, Gosport):   Email
  • South West (Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, Romsey, New Forest): Email
  • North East (Aldershot, Farnham, Rushmoor, Hart) & East Hampshire:  Email
  • North West (Andover, Winchester and Basingstoke):  Email

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