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.