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School Age Immunisation

The World Health Organisation states that the two health interventions that have had the greatest impact on world health are clean water and vaccines. Having a robust vaccination schedule helps protect not only the individual but also the wider public.

Herd Immunity
When a high percentage of the population is protected against a disease through vaccination, it becomes harder for the disease to pass between people who have not been vaccinated. This makes the spread of the disease more difficult. In time this can lead to a disease being eradicated. One reason herd immunity is important is because not everyone can be immunised – such as the very young, or those who are immuno-suppressed. This vulnerable group are protected by those who are able to be immunised.

In recent years a decline in acceptance of the immunisation programme has lead to a worrying increase in previously rare serious illnesses such as measles.

The Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust deliver the School Age Immunisation service across Norfolk and work closely with all schools to ensure that as many children and young people are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases as possible. A strong relationship between the schools and the School Immunisation Team is at the heart of the success of the programmes. 

Accessible community clinics are available throughout the year for those who were absent on the day, did not have consent available, or have additional health needs. Home educated children are also offered the immunisation programme at a community location.

The immunisation programme can be emotive for some parents – there is a lot of information available and not all of it has any basis in scientific evidence. It is important that all professionals signpost to websites that offer balanced, research based information and advice on the subject. There are links to credible websites below.

Who Can Help?

Contact School Immunisation Team For questions or queries about school age immunisations you can contact Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust by calling 0300 555 5055 and selecting Option 2 or emailing hct.csaisnorfolk@nhs.net 

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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