COVID-19 update

Please be assured that we will be working with your child’s school to ensure that we adhere to the latest government guidelines. This includes wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the immunisations to protect both your child and the team members. Watch our video to find out more

About the School Aged Immunisations Team

The School Aged Immunisation Team consists of registered nurses 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 contact you in advance to confirm the date of any immunisations taking place. A consent form and further information will be sent home with your child. It is important for you to discuss and complete the consent form with your child.

Please return the consent form to school as soon as possible, even if you don’t want your child to receive the vaccination.

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.

If you have mislaid the consent form, you can download it again (available on each vaccination page) or ask your school if they have any spares.

What do I do if my child has missed their vaccination?

For children who are home educated or have missed their dose at school, community clinics are provided across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset:

  • Students who are in years 8 and 9 should contact our team using the details on this page to book an appointment
  • Students who are in year 10 or above should speak to the 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.

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School Aged Immunisations Team

01275 373104

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