School Age Immunisation Service

 School Age Immunisation Service

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust delivers the school immunisation programme in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. The local teams work in partnership with schools, including state, independent, special schools and pupil referral units and offer community clinics for young people who are educated at home. The service may also be required to respond in case of disease outbreaks in the community.

The Immunisation service is provided by experienced nurses and support staff.  Parental consent is required for school vaccinations unless a young person is over the age of 16 years.

Seasonal Influenza (‘flu) Vaccination  (Reception and years  1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

In the Autumn Term 2018/19, the ’flu intra-nasal vaccine will be available to all children in reception and  years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at school as part of the national Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme.

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.
It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

(GPs are offering the nasal flu vaccine to 2 to 3 year olds).

Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week.  Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child may die from flu.

For children with long-term health conditions such as
diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease, getting flu can be very serious as they are more at risk of developing serious complications.

Research from the last two years of school vaccinations shows very positive results from the childhood flu vaccination programme, including significant decreases in hospital admissions in children with flu-like illnesses.

Further information can be found at:

Promotional Films

A short cartoon for primary school age children: 'Flu Heroes - nasal flu spray for kids.'  

A YouTube film for 7-8 year olds called 'Pass it on but not the flu' produced by Leicester Partnership NHS Trust.  

Year 8 & 9 - HPV Vaccination – Preventing Cervical Cancer

The Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination offers protection against the two types that cause over 70% of cervical cancer and two types that cause 90% of genital warts.

The HPV vaccination programme involves two injections, given between six months and 2 years apart, and is available to all girls in year 8.  The second vaccine is usually given in year 9. It is important that girls have both doses to get the best protection.

Any young woman under the age of 18 years can start the programme if they missed it at the appropriate age. If commenced after the age of 15 years, three doses of the vaccine are necessary. 

Further information can be found at:

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Year 9: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (Teenage Booster)

is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms, breathing problems and can be fatal. It is caused when bacteria found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. 

is a serious disease that usually begins with a sore throat and can quickly cause breathing problems.  It can damage the heart and nervous system, and in severe cases, it can kill.

is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. If it affects the chest muscles or the brain, polio can kill.

Your child will have been offered three doses as a baby and one pre-school booster.  This fifth dose will be given by the School Immunisation Team.

Further information can be found at:

Year 9: Meningitis ACWY Vaccine 

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain. One of the most serious and common causes of meningitis is by meningococcal bacteria. As well as meningitis, meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), both of which can be very serious or fatal.

Teenagers are at higher risk of developing meningococcal disease and will be offered the vaccine that protects against four different types of Meningitis: A, C, W and Y at the same time as the Teenage Booster.

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Immunisation Contacts

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Cambs Flu consent form (2017)DOCX143.12 KB16 Oct, 2017 Download
Flu (additional Asthma info)PDF191.39 KB06 Jun, 2019 Download
HPV consent form (2017/18)DOCX149.92 KB16 Oct, 2017 Download
Men & TDP ConsentDOCX150.66 KB03 Oct, 2016 Download
MMR ConsentDOCX394.97 KB04 Feb, 2019 Download
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