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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.

Our Service
The School Immunisation Service works closely with all schools in Norfolk 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.

  • The School Immunisation Team will contact you in good time before each immunisation programme with information to be shared with parents, via email.

    Parental consent is essential, and this is collected online. 

    Schools and parents can contact the Immunisation Service on 0300 555 5055 and then choose the option for Norfolk. Opening hours are 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Currently you are unable to leave a voicemail message, instead please email: ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net.

     

  • Students could be shown the following video in advance of the immunisation team’s visit. This helps information to be shared, myths to be busted and can reassure children and parents.

     

    *Click Here* for more information that can be shared with parents / carers.

    Schools and parents can contact the Immunisation Service on 0300 555 5055 and then choose the option for Norfolk. Opening hours are 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Currently you are unable to leave a voicemail message, instead please email: ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net.

  • The team will contact you a few days before the immunisation session to advise you of numbers of team staff expected and consents received. They will advise you about the numbers of young people to schedule per 15/30 minutes slot.

    Please ask young people to wear short sleeves, and encourage them to eat breakfast on the immunisation session day.

    It is helpful if you can let us know of young people who would benefit from being seen first, or in private in the medical room.

    Schools and parents can contact the Immunisation Service on 0300 555 5055 and then choose the option for Norfolk. Opening hours are 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Currently you are unable to leave a voicemail message, instead please email: ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net.

    • Public Health England has guidance for families and professionals on the immunisation programme.
    • National advice for schools on Flu can be accessed *here*.
    • We advise that all primary school classes are shown this video in advance of the team’s visit. This helps information to be shared, myths to be busted and can reassure children and parents.
    • Share the School Age Immunisations page with parents/carers prior to visits from the school immunisation team. It has information about different vaccines, as well as details about e-consent.
    • Display this e-consent infographic in your school so staff are aware of the process.
    • Public Health England provides a leaflet about porcine gelatine use in vaccines.
    • Posters to help staff manage cases of infectious diseases in schools and childcare settings *here* and *here*

    'All Our Health' free, bite-sized e-learning sessions (Public Health England) - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

    The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;

    • Childhood obesity 
    • Pollution
    • Alcohol misuse
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.

     

     

     

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

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.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

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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