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Warrington`s School-aged Immunisation Team

NOTICE: Our team have no longer offer COVID-19 vaccinations. 

You are now able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your child on the NHS website or by calling 119.

To book online:

To book on the phone:

  • If you cannot book your appointment online, phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.
  • You can use text phone 18001 119 or the NHS British Sign Language interpreter service at www.interpreternow.co.uk/nhs119

There are also some ‘Walk In’ sessions available. If you choose the link below, you can search for a session. Please ensure that the session chosen, states they are offering for 12 years and over.

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site – NHS (www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination)


Warrington has a dedicated School-aged Immunisation Team who focus on the prevention of the spread of illness and disease through immunisation.

As well as educating, advising and promoting immunisations they deliver the routine national immunisation programme to school aged children. This includes children who may be home schooled, and others not in school.

The team is made up of professionals who are highly skilled and experienced in giving vaccinations.

Childhood Immunisation team


How does our service work?

The School-aged Immunisation team attends the 13 High, 71 Primary schools, 3 Special Schools and 2 independent special schools across Warrington to offer and administer the planned vaccinations as directed by the National Childhood Immunisation Programme.

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.

The nurse will check the consent form and make sure your child is well and able to have the immunisations that day.

If a child misses their immunisation in school, is home educated, has an individual need or needs to catch up with their immunisations for any reason, they can come along to one of our community clinics.


Contact details

School-aged Immunisation Team
Health services @ Birchwood
Spencer House
81a Dewhurst Road
Birchwood
Warrington
WA3 7PG

Telephone: 01925 946808
Email: bchft.warringtonimmsteam@nhs.net


Vaccinations offered

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.

Read the patient information leaflet for the nasal spray flu vaccine (PDF, 238kb).

 

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.

View the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination leaflet.