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Why are vaccines important?

As children grow, they’re exposed to many infections and diseases.

Most of which will only cause mild illness and distress, but despite huge medical advances, some can still cause severe illness, disability and at times, death.

Devloping effective vaccines has led to a huge decrease in childhood deaths and the benefit of immunisation is that your child has the best possible protection against many dangerous diseases and infections.

“The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines.” World Health Organisation

What we do

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has a new immunisation service which works very closely with school health nurses to provide the school based immunisation programme.

Part of the new service is to make sure that all children and young people get vaccines according to the UK Immunisation Schedule, so they have the best possible protection.

We’ll give your child an information leaflet and consent form when your is child is due an immunisation in school: do have a look and discuss the information with your child, and do return the consent form to school promptly.

If your child is home educated or not in mainstream education, they can still receive their immunisations from us: call us on 01865 904339 (during your normal working hours).

It is important that your child receives all doses of the required vaccines to gain optimum protection. If you are unsure whether your child has received all their childhood immunisations, please refer to your child’s health record (the red book) or contact your GP surgery: they should have a record of what your child has received.

If your child has missed previous immunisations, please call us on on 01865 904339 to discuss whether these vaccines should still be given.


We currently offer the following vaccinations in school:

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

  • The HPV vaccine is given in Year 8 to all girls and transgender students. It is usually given in either Term 1 or Term 3.
  • It protects against 4 types of HPV, 6,11,16,18. Types 16 and 18 more than 70% of Cervical Cancers in the UK.
  • The course consists of two injections the first is given in Year 8 and the second is given 6 to 12 months later.
  • For further information, see NHS Choices.

Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY)

  • The Men ACWY vaccine is given in Year 9, usually in Term 3 or 4.
  • It protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicemia): A, C, W and Y.
  • The course consists of one injection given in the upper arm. It is usually given at the same time as the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio vaccine.
  • For further Information, see NHS Choices.

Tetanus/Diphtheria /Polio (Td/IPV)

  • The fifth Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio booster is given in Year 9. It is usually given at the same time as the Men ACWY vaccine in Term 3 or 4.
  • You need a total of five doses given in accordance with the UK schedule to build lifelong immunity to these diseases. If your child has already had five doses and you have moved to the UK from another Country, your Child may require a sixth dose. Please contact your child’s school nurse or our immunisation team to discuss whether your child needs a sixth dose.
  • For further Information, see NHS Choices.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

  • The MMR vaccine is given to children when they are around 13 months old, and again at 3 years 4 months.
  • We will remind parents of all children in Year 2 to check that their child has received both doses of MMR, and we will invite parents to arrange an immunisation appointment if either dose is outstanding.
  • In Year 9, we also offer further opportunity for older children who may have missed or only partially completed the MMR course.
  • It is important that both doses of MMR are given and that your child receives the combined vaccine (MMR) to gain the best protection. If your child has received separate measles, mumps and rubella injections, they should still have the two doses of MMR.
  • For further information, see NHS Choices.

Last updated: 7 November, 2018