Who are we?
We are the clinical team offering school based immunisation programmes.
All school aged childhood immunisations are offered as per national guidance as detailed in The Green Book 2006 and Public Health England.
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust Immunisation Team formed in 2014.
The school aged Immunisation team has recently won a Tender and from the 1st September 2019 we have been commissioned to deliver the school based Immunisation programmes for the next 3 years.
The Immunisation Team deliver seasonal flu vaccinations for children and young people including high risk patients.
The Immunisation team now report all vaccinations delivered in schools to GP’s via RiO, a Patient Records System.
The Immunisation Team comprises of eight nurses:- three Senior Nurses and five registered Immunisation nurses and is supported by two administration officers. We offer school based immunisation programmes to deliver the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis (School Leaver Booster) and Adolescent Meningitis ACWY vaccines to Year 9 students. The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) Neutral Gender programme will be delivered in Year 8 to boys and girls from 1st September 2019. Seasonal Flu Programme delivered to children from Reception to Year 6 regardless of whether they attend school.
We include school age children who are not in mainstream school such as Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s), home tutored, travelling communities and the hard to reach/ underserved communities. All eligible young people are offered vaccinations via school in the first instance, and any missed doses or if your child is very anxious can be offered clinic appointments. The team assist in the delivery of outbreak situations under the direction of Public Health England (PHE).
School Aged Immunisation Service vaccinate up to and including Year 11. Once a pupil has left school in Year 11 they will need to access catch up vaccinations at their GP’s.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - In September 2012 the Department of Health introduced the Gardasil vaccine for use in the schools HPV programme protecting against cervical cancer and genital warts. Shropshire Immunisation Team invited girls in year 8 to receive their first dose as part of the school based programme with the second dose given approximately 6 to 12 months later.
Since the introduction of the girls programme, the number of diagnoses of genital warts in England has fallen sharply in both girls and boys and there has been a reduction in the prevalence of the types of HPV that the vaccine protects against. This suggests that boys are already benefiting from the indirect protection (herd protection) that has been built up from ten years of the girls programme.
Extending the HPV vaccination programme to include boys from 12 years of age will help prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in both males and females, such as head, neck and ano-genital cancers, and will strengthen herd protection.
The Neutral Gender Human Papillomavirus (HPV) commenced in September 2019. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations will be offered to adolescents in school year 8 (aged of 12 and 13 years) as a two-dose course offering protection against cancer. The second dose of the HPV is given approximately 6 to 12 months later.
In September 2014 the team was commissioned to deliver the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis (school leaver booster) and the Meningitis ACWY adolescent dose to year nine children. It is important that all children receive these vaccinations to complete their childhood immunisations and ensuring they are fully protected.
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust School aged Immunisation service will start in January 2020 after the Flu Programme has completed.
In September 2017 we were commissioned to deliver the Fluenz nasal spray. There are frquently asked questions and answers available for parental guidance on the Children's flu vaccine FAQs and an information video on the Fluenz nasal spray - video for parents and children which you may find useful (also embedded below).
Changes in the National Flu Programme
2018 – Offer to all 2 and 3 year old children via GP’s and children of reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 via school aged immunisation service
2019 – Offered to all 2 and 3 year old children via their GP’s.
School aged immunisation service deliver to children of reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, ,5 and 6 age (all children who are aged 4 to 11 years old with a date of birth between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2015 inclusive.
The United Kingdom (UK) has a long standing flu vaccination programme targeting all those 65 years and over, those under 65 years in a clinical risk group, and pregnant women. Influenza is a very common infection in the young with healthy children under 5 years of age having the highest influenza hospital admission rates compared to other age-groups. The vaccine programme was extended to include children, following the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in 2012.
In 2013/14 season, the childhood flu programme using a newly licensed live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) was introduced in England with a new cohort being introduced each season to eventually cover all children 2-11 years of age, when there will be a pause.
- Thursday 12th December 2019 at Coral House, Shrewsbury, until 5.30pm
- Thursday 12th December 2019 at Donnington Medical Practice, Telford, until 4.00pm
- Wednesday 18th December 2019 at Coral House, Shrewsbury, until 5.00pm
- Thursday 19th December 2019 at Ludlow Community Hospital until 4.00pm
- Thursday 19th December 2019 at Ellesmere Medical Practice until 4.00pm
Service delivery varies depending on how it is commissioned. For instance, school based programmes are delivered by the Immunisation Team, infant immunisations and seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and high risk patients are delivered by GP Practices.
Spread e-Bug, not Infection
e-Bug (www.e-bug.eu) is a Public Health England operated evidence-based educational resource for schools and communities that makes learning about micro-organisms, and the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for young people and hard-to-reach groups. Freely available in 23 languages, e-bug features diverse educational materials, activities and interactive websites hosting revision guides, quizzes and games.
There are educational resources and activities around vaccination for ages 7-18 years. Peer education materials can be used by schools and community groups to facilitate learning and improvements in behaviour, self-esteem and presentation skills. ‘Train the trainer’ workshops give educators the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to teach about infection prevention topics and antimicrobial resistance. The workshops are currently being rolled out through local authorities and e-Bug is hosting a conference on infection prevention and AMR education. Please contact [email protected] to find out more.
Alongside the school aged immunisation programme we work to target children who have missed childhood immunisations and have a Senior Immunisation / Hard to Reach Link Nurse – Hilary Holt.
The people we see
The Immunisation Team offers school based immunisation programmes commissioned by Public Health England via all local authority schools, inclusive of Independent schools throughout Shropshire and the Telford & Wrekin area.
We see children and young people from reception and throughout their time at school for scheduled immunisations as directed by national guidance.
If assisting with a disease outbreak the Immunisation Team will offer appropriate prophylaxis treatment following local and national guidance and working with colleagues to offer protection to children and adults as required.
New patients are referred to the vaccination and immunisation service from immunisation colleagues, GPs, parents and also by patients self referring. In addition, schools and out of county colleagues are contacted as part of the schools based programmes.
Young girls and boys in the target cohort for the HPV schools based programme and those who have yet to complete their course of childhood injections. If school colleagues, parents/guardians or young people have any questions please contact us direct.
Services we do not offer
- Advice on travel vaccines
- Appointments and queries for infant immunisations: Contact The Child Health Department direct, telephone 01785 221151 Choose option 1.
What you should bring with you
When attending a clinic appointment please bring your appointment letter and your child's health record book (red book) to enable staff to record any immunisations given.
Frequently asked questions
- My child missed their nasal flu immunisation at school, can they attend a clinic?
Clinics can be booked by contacting the Immunisation Team (including school holidays and evenings)
- My daughter has missed one of the HPV vaccinations in school
They will either be offered a clinic appointment or seen in school at one of the ‘mop up’ sessions.
- My child has a cold, can they still have the nasal flu immunisation?
The nurse will assess your child's symptoms and take their temperature before determining if they are well enough to receive the vaccination.
- What is the eligible age for children to receive the nasal flu vaccine?
The Immunisation Team currently deliver the nasal flu programme for children in Reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and our "Local Offer"
What is the Local Offer?
The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. You can find out more about information about this on our SEND reforms and Local Offers page.
The Immunisation Team comprises of seven registered nurses and is supported by two administration officers. We offer school based immunisation programmes to deliver the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis (School Leaver Booster) and Adolescent Meningitis ACWY vaccines to Year 9 students, and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) to Year 8 girls.
What do you provide to children and young people with an additional need and or disability 0-25yrs?
The Immunisation Team offers school based immunisation programmes to deliver the School Leaver Booster (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis) and the Meningitis ACWY vaccines to Year 9 students, and the HPV vaccinations to Year 8 girls and boys. To include school age children who are not in mainstream school, such as home tutored and travellers. All eligible young people are offered vaccinations via school in the first instance, any missed doses or if your child is very anxious can be offered clinic appointments. To take part in the delivery of immunisations/prophylaxis therapy under the direction of PHE in disease outbreak situations.
Do we Provide Support for Parents and Carers?
We have provided a leaflet prepared by Child Psychology Services titled 'Preparing your child for vaccinations'. Referrals can also be made to the School Nursing Service for additional support.
Who can use our service? Age? Disability?
Immunisation Team: School age children, young people and parents/carers, health professionals requiring advice/information/referral.
How to access our service (inc. referral routes)
- Immunisation Team
Tel: 01743 450800
Email: [email protected]
When and where is our service available?
Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 at Coral House, 11 Longbow Close, Shrewsbury, SY1 3GZ
* Clinics by appointment only (including school holidays and evenings)
How to find out about the service
Via website, Parent Letters and Schools.
How can families contact the service?
Families can contact direct as above.
Is the service accredited? If so, by whom?
Care Quality Commission