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.
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.
Consent forms and information leaflets are sent out via the schools or direct to parents and carers at the appropriate time. Parents /carers are requested to complete the consent forms and return these to the service.
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.
School Immunisation Sessions 2019/2020
The School-aged Immunisation Programme had been temporarily suspended.
Once we are able to re-start the programme we will be working hard to arrange catch-up sessions in schools and the community
School-aged Immunisation Team
Health services @ Birchwood
81a Dewhurst Road
Telephone: 01925 867826
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 HPV vaccine.
Currently, the national NHS HPV vaccination programme uses a vaccine called Gardasil.
See link below for the consent form for HPV vaccination:
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 are given together, one in each arm.
Read this leaflet (Immunisations for Young People – your questions answered) for further information about the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) Vaccinations.
Patient information leaflets for the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and the Meningitis ACWY vaccines can be accessed via the links below:
See link below for the consent form for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio booster and a Meningitis ACWY vaccination:
The Nasal Flu Vaccine – offered to all primary School Aged Children
In the Autumn/Winter of 2019, the annual flu vaccine is offered to children in school years reception, one, two, three, four, five and six as part of the NHS 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. Read the patient information leaflet for the nasal spray flu vaccine (PDF, 238kb).
Please see this link for the leaflet explaining the vaccination programme is enclosed and includes details about the small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate.
See link below for the consent form for flu vaccination: