About the School Aged Immunisations Team
The School Aged Immunisation Team consists of Registered Health Care Professionals and support workers who are fully-trained and experienced in the delivery of vaccinations.
These vaccinations are given in both school and community settings.
What we vaccinate against and why
We are commissioned by NHS England to deliver the national school-age immunisations programme for childhood flu, human papilloma virus (HPV), meningitis ACWY, and the diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (TD/IPV) across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The national immunisation programme aims to provide children and young people with the best protection against infectious diseases – ensuring protection through infancy, teenage years and adulthood.
Due to current high levels of vaccination coverage, serious preventable diseases such as influenza (flu), measles, mumps and meningitis are rare. But we are also aware that these diseases can return if the number of immunised children falls – an example of this is measles.
How do I give consent for these vaccinations?
‘Your child’s school will inform of the date of any immunisations, a link to our e-consent platform will be sent home by the school, Please complete the consent link as soon as possible, even if you do not wish for your child to receive the vaccination. The link will close 2 working days before the school session.
If we do not receive the completed consent form, each young person will be assessed on an individual basis and invited to self-consent for the vaccination, providing they can demonstrate an understanding of the vaccination being given. This is in-line with the Gillick competency framework.
What do I do if my child has missed their vaccination?
For students in Year 8 and Year 9 who are home educated, or have missed their school session, community catch-up clinics are held across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, these can be booked though an econsent link sent to parents by schools or through the LA Home Education department. Alternatively, you can contact the School Immunisation Team on the contact details on this site. For students in Year 10 or above you should speak to your GP surgery to discuss catching up vaccinations.
If your child is afraid of needles, highly anxious or you have any other worries, please contact the team using the details on this page. We will be able to advise on how best they can be supported to receive their immunisation.
School Aged Immunisations Team
0300 124 5515