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 Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust website for more information.

About the 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 all school vaccinations unless a young person is over the age of 18 years.

Year 7 Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is available for Year 7 students through the school immunisation service, and administered in school during the autumn term.

All Year 7 parent and carers will receive a parent letter via ParentMail, with a link to the application portal. The portal application allows parents to consent or decline to the vaccination, but a response is required in all cases when the vaccines are due.

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.

The HPV vaccination programme involves two injections, twelve months apart, and is available to all girls in Year 8. From 2020, Year 8 boys are also being offered the vaccination, more details are available here. The second vaccine is usually given in Year 9. It is important to have both doses to get the best protection.

The consent forms for Year 8 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.

The current dates for the vaccination session have been postponed because of the current lockdown restrictions. Year 9 will be having their vaccinations in June, and we are waiting for a revised date for Year 8 students. Please contact the academy if you have any queries or if we do not hold your email address. If you haven’t already completed the vaccination form sent to you via ParentMail, then we would ask you to do so. This means everything will be in place for when the vaccinations are re-scheduled.

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.

The vaccination consent forms have been sent out by ParentMail and the school nurses have vaccinated students where a written consent form has been returned. There will be a catch up session on the 7th July 2021 for any students that have outstanding vaccinations.

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