Dorset school age immunisation service
Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all children and young people in the UK. The national immunisation programme has meant that many diseases have disappeared but these diseases could come back – they are still around in many countries throughout the world.
In the UK, such diseases are kept at bay by the high immunisation rates and that’s why it’s so important for us to protect young people against a range of diseases such as flu, polio, cervical cancer, tetanus and diphtheria.
Immunisations are a very important part of maintaining health, not just for children but also for the entire population.
We provide immunisations to school aged children in Dorset on behalf of NHS England. Our aim is to provide a fully accessible service to all school-aged children whether educated at school or at home, offering them in a timely manner and a convenient location.
The 2019/20 programmes we provide include:
The School Aged Immunisations Team is responsible for the planning and delivery of all school aged immunisation programmes in Dorset. Vaccinations programmes are carried out in schools and community venues to ensure that all school aged children have access to the service.
The service is changing from a paper-based consent form to a digital consent process for the 2019/20 academic year. This enables parents to consent on any device, including a smart phone, for their child to be vaccinated and consent forms will no longer be sent home via children. This will enable the service to send you reminders and inform you by email once your child has been vaccinated. If your child is absent from school on the day of the immunisation, you will be emailed a link to arrange an immunisation appointment in a local community venue.
For parents who do not have access to the internet, the service will be able to complete the consent form over the telephone with the person who has parental responsibility.
The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of seasonal influenza that the World Health Organization (WHO) specifies as the most likely to cause disease each year.
Flu can be very unpleasant for children and for adults. Children have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, aching muscles, headache, runny nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children can develop complications such as chest or ear infections, and spread the infection to others.
The vaccine is given to school aged children to lower the impact of flu; it means that there is a lower risk of passing flu on to other children. It also lessens the risk of some of our older, frail and at risk adults from catching Flu.
How is the nasal spray flu vaccine given?
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine.
The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.
You will receive an e-mail from school with further details including the process for looked after children in due course. When registering a child for the service you will need to ensure the details provided match their NHS record. Please therefore ensure that both school and the child's GP have your up to date contact details e.g. e-mail, phone and address.
Once you have registered your child, you receive an email with a link to the consent form to complete.
For children who do not attend school, a letter or email will be sent to the person who has parental responsibility to complete the on line digital consent process and book an immunisation appointment in a local community venue.