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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. Take a look at our immunisation page *here*

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 team if there are any queries or problems accessing the internet on 0300 555 5055.

    For more help completing e-consent we have a video *here*

    Primary Schools
    We advise that all classes are shown the our services video *here* in advance of the team’s visit. This helps information to be shared, myths to be busted and can reassure children and parents

    High Schools
    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.

    There is more information on our immunisation page for parents *here*

    Public Health England has guidance for families and professionals on the immunisation programme *here*

    National advice for schools on Flu can be accessed *here*

     

  • NHS Choices is the first-line source of vaccination information. Parents can find out the childhood immunisation schedule and evidence based information about the safety of vaccinations *here*

    Gov.uk has a wealth of information about immunisations *here*

    For primary schools within diverse communities, information about the use of porcine gelatine can be accessed *here*

    Deeper insight can be gained from the Vaccine Knowledge Project, part of the Oxford Vaccines Group – it has research-based information about all vaccines for babies, adults and travel *here*

    These FAQs are informative and thorough and based on current research findings *here*

    There is evidence based information about the safety of MMR *here*

     

Contact us on 0300 55 5055 if you have any queries, and direct any parental concerns to us too.  The team can spend time with children and young people who are anxious; sometimes a community clinic is a more appropriate venue to receive the vaccines, but please contact the team for further advice and information.

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