Physical Health

Children and Young People’s Health Services

The Children and Young People’s Health Service provides vaccines in schools in support of the National Childhood Immunisation Programme.

The team consists of experienced qualified nurses and administrators who deliver the vaccinations within the school environment.

Information regarding vaccinations will be sent to relevant parents and carers via ParentMail. This will include information regarding the vaccination and a link to the online consent form to be completed and signed by a parent, or carer with parental consent. Please ensure that you fully read all information to be able to make an informed decision. The online consent form should be completed regardless of consent being given, as the form contains an option to decline the vaccination. No vaccination can take place without a completed consent form that has been signed by the person with parental responsibility for the student.

The vaccinations will then take place within a suitable school venue in a calm and supportive environment. Only students that have returned a fully completed and signed consent form will be vaccinated. After the vaccination has taken place, students will also be given aftercare information.

Should any parent require further information about any aspect of these immunisations they can contact the team at ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net or on 0300 5555055 and the team will be happy to help. Visit the Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community and School Age Immunisation Service website for more information.

About the School-Age Immunisation Service

Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community and School Age Immunisation Service 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 all school vaccinations unless a young person is over the age of 18 years.

Children & young people (12-17 years) COVID-19 Vaccination

The NHS has started to roll out the COVID-19 jab to school children aged 12 to 15, as part of the biggest vaccination drive in health service history. Almost three million children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation.

Like the flu and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, COVID-19 jabs will be delivered by Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community and School Age Immunisation Service, who will work closely with the academy to identify all eligible children aged between 12 and 15 on 21st October 2021. Families do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their child’s vaccine, schools and providers will be in touch.

In line with standard practice for vaccinations in schools, consent letters are being sent out to parents and carers with information on the COVID-19 vaccination, and a link to the response portal. A response is required from all parents and carers, whether this is to accept or decline the vaccination. The link is as shown in the letter that has been sent out by ParentMail. You can also view the letter here and the letter from the academy is here.

If your child is aged 16 on or before 21st October 2021, they are not eligible to receive the school health vaccination. However, they are able to drop in to one of many walk-in sessions, as shown in this letter and here.

However, because of the high demand for the vaccine, we have been informed that the portal is running slow, and have asked for patience in this matter. It may be beneficial to attempt the portal at more unsociable hours, when demand may be less.

Please find more information on the links below:

NHS England

Clinical Commissioning Group (Local)

Flu vaccination programme 2021 to 2022

For the 2021 to 2022 flu season, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to offer the flu vaccination to all students from Year 7 through to Year 11. This significant expansion in the programme is part of the government’s wider winter planning to reduce flu levels in the population, and therefore the potential impact on the NHS, when we are likely to see both flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) in circulation.

Flu vaccinations have been offered to children since 2013 in a phased rollout starting with the youngest children first. Last year, the flu vaccination programme was extended into Year 7 in secondary school for the first time as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the uncertainties around the impact of COVID-19 this winter, the programme is being extended, to include all secondary school-aged children up to Year 11. No decision has yet been made about whether the expanded programme will continue in future years covering all children to year 11 or whether the programme will return to a phased rollout approach.

These vaccinations will be offered by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, who are working with Vaccination UK to deliver the flu vaccine programme. The two provisional dates for vaccinations are Monday 15th November and Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will be providing more details in September 2021 as to how this programme will be administered, and will provide the necessary consent forms for parents and carers to complete to enable the vaccination to take place. When received we will provide further information through ParentMail.

For further information regarding the flu vaccine click here.

Support in submitting your consent/decline click here.

Information on administering the flu vaccine click here.

If your child has asthma please read the information here.

Flu vaccination booklet winter 2020/2021

HPV Vaccination – Preventing Cervical Cancer

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

We are currently awaiting a date for Year 8 and 9 students to receive their 1st HPV vaccinations, this is anticipated to be in the autumn term. Only those where online consent forms have been completed will be vaccinated, as per normal policy.

The HPV vaccination programme involves two injections, approximately six months apart, and historically has been available to all girls in Year 8. From 2020, boys are also being offered the vaccination, more details are available here. It is important to have both doses to get the best protection.

The consent forms are now electronic, and will be sent to parents and carers for whom we have their email addresses. Please read the HPV Parent Letter for more details and to access the e-consent form. You can also follow here to complete the document, to either give or decline consent. You will also need the school code to enter on the form, which is EE139403. The immunisation team has asked that the consent/non consent form is completed for every Year 8 and Year 9 student, regardless of whether a consent for was completed last year, to ensure that they have up to date information.

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

Year 9: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (teenage booster)
Tetanus

Tetanus 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.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria 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.

Polio

Polio 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 on the NHS choices 3-in-1 teenage booster page.

Year 9: Meningitis 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. The MenACWY vaccine helps protect older teenagers and young adults from getting meningitis and septicaemia.

Further information can be found on the NHS Choices MenACWY vaccine page.

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