This webpage contains important information about School-aged Immunisation. This service in Warrington, Halton and Oldham is provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater).
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases, protecting your child and people in your community from many serious and deadly diseases.
If you wish to discuss any of the content found on this page, or wish for further advice or guidance, please contact our School-aged Immunisation Team. Their numbers can be found below.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Covid-19 vaccination for children aged 12-to 15-years of age
This autumn all young people aged 12 to 15 years are being offered the first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
Covid-19 is a very infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Very few healthy children and young people with Covid-19 infection go on to have severe disease.
Why should I have my child vaccinated?
The UK’s Chief Medical Officers all agree that while Covid-19 is typically mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some and 1 dose of the vaccine will provide good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.
Vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds should also help to reduce the need for young people to have time off school and reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19 within schools.
The Covid-19 secondary schools vaccine programme should therefore provide protection to young people and reduce the disruption to face to face education.
This will help to keep young people emotionally well and happier, and this was an important consideration for the Chief Medical Officers.
Prior to giving consent, you may wish to read the following information as it contains important news and updates about the Covid-19 vaccination programme:
Guidance for parents (webpage)
This website link takes you to the UK Government website.
The content includes:
- Why you should have your child vaccinated
- The COVID-19 vaccine
- How vaccines in schools will work
- Common questions
- Further Information
Guidance for parents (leaflet)
This web link contains the same information as the one above but is designed into a leaflet.
Covid-19 vaccination: Further resources for children and young people (webpage)
This website link takes you to the UK Government website. The content on this page has information for eligible children and young people on Covid-19. The information on this page is available in different formats such as easy read.
Vaccination and immunisations
Across Warrington, Halton and Oldham, Bridgewater deliver the following school-aged immunisation programmes as directed by the National Childhood Immunisation Programme:
- Nasal Flu (Halton and Warrington only)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV)
- Meningococcal (MenACWY)
- Catch up Measles, Mumps and Rubella (offered to those in Year 9 who have not previously had a dose of combined MMR vaccination)
Our teams offer and administer vaccinations in all schools. If a child misses their immunisation in school, is home educated or has an individual need, they can come along to one of our community clinics.
At the appropriate time, a letter will be sent out electronically via your child’s school. This letter provides parents/carers with a link to follow and unique school code to enable parents/carers to complete a consent form electronically.
If the consent form is not received, young people in secondary school are able to self-consent in certain circumstances (known as ‘Gillick Competence’) but only after an individual assessment by the immunisation nurse. The nurse will check the child meets certain guidelines, such as being able to understand the information and have capacity in order to self-consent.
On the day of the vaccination session in school/clinic the nurse will check the consent form and make sure your child is well and able to have the immunisations that day.
The Nasal Flu Vaccine – offered to all School Aged Children from Reception to Year 11
In the Autumn/Winter of 2021, the annual flu vaccine will be offered to all school age children from Reception to Year 11 as part of the national childhood vaccination programme.
This vaccination programme is in place to help protect your child against flu.
Flu can be an unpleasant illness and sometimes causes serious complications.
Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable friends and family by preventing the spread of flu.
To be effective, vaccinations need to be given between October and December as this is before flu tends to circulate.
The flu virus can change year on year and therefore vaccines are made each year to provide protection against the flu viruses that are predicted to circulate, and which is why the vaccine needs to be given on an annual basis.
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine.
The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.
Please view the leaflet explaining the vaccination programme including details about the small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019 the vaccine is also offered to year 8 boys. This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.
If you would like more details, please visit the nhs.uk website where you can find information about the HPV, the vaccine and any expected side effects that may occur afterwards.
To get the best protection, two doses are required.
The first dose is scheduled to take place in your child’s school in school year 8. Catch up sessions will be offered if your child is absent on the day.
The second dose will be offered in school 6 to 12 months after the first (although it can be given up to 24 months).
The leaﬂet “HPV vaccination. Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer” provides further information about the Universal HPV vaccination programme.
The HPV vaccine Gardasil has been the HPV vaccine used in the NHS vaccination schedule since 2012.
Sometime during the 2021 to 2022 academic year the HPV vaccine used in the programme will switch to Gardasil 9.
Gardasil 9 can be given for the first and second dose or to complete a course that was previously started with Gardasil
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) Vaccinations – offered during school year 9.
Between January and July young people in year 9 will be offered a Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio booster and a Meningitis ACWY vaccination (two separate injections):
MenACWY vaccination helps to protect your child against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A, C, W and Y) that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
These diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. If you would like more details, please visit the nhs.uk website where you can find information about the disease, vaccine and any expected side effects that may occur afterwards.
The Td/IPV vaccine also known as the teenage booster or the 3-in-1 vaccine, is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your child’s protection against three separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
This web link gives information about the diseases, vaccine and any expected side effects that may occur afterwards.
The two vaccinations (Td/IPV & MenACWY) are given together, one in each arm.
Read this leaflet (Immunisations for Young People – your questions answered) or further information about the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) Vaccinations.
Patient information leaflets for the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio
Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination (MMR)
The MMR vaccination is used to protect against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It is a combined vaccination which is a 2-dose course.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are spread through coughs and sneezes or through close contact with an infected person. Symptoms from these illnesses can last from 7-14 days.
They can be very serious illnesses for some people leading to hospitalisation and long-term complications.
If your child has not previously had a combined MMR vaccine you may be contacted by the School age immunisation team to be offered an MMR vaccination alternatively if your child has had no MMR vaccinations or only had one dose you can contact your GP to arrange to catch up doses.
If your child has already had one dose when they were younger, they will only need one further dose to complete the course.
Warrington School-aged Immunisation Team
Halton School-aged Immunisation Team
0151 495 5066
Oldham 5-19 Team
0161 470 4230