The School Aged Immunisation team consists of registered nurses and healthcare support workers who are commissioned by NHS England to deliver the National School Aged Programme of Immunisations across Berkshire. These programmes are mainly delivered in schools, but may be delivered in community clinics or homes for children who are unable to access school-based provisions.
Our school-based immunisation programme includes:
- National Flu Programme: This is offered every autumn to all children from reception up to year 6 in primary school, and from reception upwards in all of our special educational needs schools
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): This is a two dose programme (given 6 to 24 months apart) dose 1 is offered to all boys and girls in year 8 of school
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio booster (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY booster injections: Two vaccinations offered to all pupils in Year 9, usually delivered in the spring term
- MMR targeted catch up programme: for children and young people in year 2 and year 9 of school who are known to have an incomplete MMR history, this catch up programme is offered throughout the academic year.
All state maintained, academy and free schools and most independent schools are included in the programme, including special schools and pupil referral units. For children who are home educated or have missed their dose at school, community clinics are provided across Berkshire. If your child has missed their routine school immunisations, please contact the team as they can be provide these immunisations up until young people finish full time education.
If your child is needle phobic, highly anxious or you are worried, contact the team, and they will be able to advise how they can be supported to receive their immunisation. Contact the school-aged immunisation team to find out when these are in your area.
If you would like to know more about the childhood vaccination schedule, visit the NHS vaccinations page
For a souce of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases visit Vaccine Knowledge Project
See the Document Downloads section to view the Public Health England vaccination schedule.
The NHS has produced a great resource explaining why vaccines are safe and necessary