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.
Developing 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 specialist Immunisation Team which works very closely with school health nurses to provide the school-based immunisation programme.
Part of the service is to make sure that all children and young people get vaccines according to the UK Immunisation Schedule so that they have the best possible protection.
Consent to vaccinate your child is now via an online consent form which will be sent to you by your child’s school.
We will no longer be sending out paper consent forms, therefore it is important that you complete the form online promptly so that your child is able to receive their vaccination. If you are having any difficulty with completing the on-line consent form, please contact your nearest school health nurse office listed below and they will assist or call the Immunisation Team Office on 01865 904339.
|Contact details for Oxfordshire School Health Nurse’s|
Tel: 01865 904890
|Banbury Tel: 01865 904234||Bicester
Tel: 01869 604095
Tel: 01235 515503
|Oxford City Office
Tel: 01865 904225
Tel: 01865 904845
| Wantage Office
Tel: 01865 901586
Tel: 01865 901295
|The Immunisation Team Office 01865 904339|
If your child is unable to receive his or her immunisation due to absence or for another reason, a catch-up session will be arranged in school and you will be advised of this date.
If your child has missed previous immunisations due to absence or are home educated or not in mainstream education, they can still receive their immunisations from us: call the Immunisation Team Office on 01865 904339.
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
We currently offer the following vaccinations in school:
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- This vaccine protects against 4 types of HPV, 6,11,16,18. Types 16 and 18 are the cause of most cervical cancers in the UK (more than 70%).
- From September 2019, all girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years will be routinely offered the first HPV vaccination when they’re in school Year 8.
- The second dose is normally offered 6 to 12 months after the first (in school Year 8 or Year 9).
- The first immunisation will be given on a specified date in school and you will be notified by email when the second dose is due. If your child moves to a school outside Oxfordshire before receiving their second dose, please contact your local School Health Nurse Immunisation Service to arrange for it to be given.
Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY)
- The Men ACWY vaccine is given in Year 9, usually Term 4.
- It protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): 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 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 on 01865 904339 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: 14 October, 2019