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Immunisations and Vaccinations
Our Immunisation Team is responsible for the planning and delivery of all school-based Immunisation programmes across Coventry and Warwickshire according to a schedule agreed with Public Health England.
Each area has its own localised team (contact details below) who are responsible for the delivery of the NHS national campaigns. They are available to provide expert advice to children, families, other professionals and schools regarding immunisation and vaccination issues and can offer extra support to those children and young people who are worried about receiving a vaccination or who have additional needs.
All of the vaccinations we give will be offered in school and parents will be issued information ahead of time. If your child is unwell or absent from school on the day of the immunisation a follow up session or clinic appointments will be offered.
Our school-based immunisation programme includes:
- National Flu Programme: This is offered every autumn to all children and now includes from reception up to year 11. More information below.
- 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,
- MMR targeted catch up programme: For children and young people in year 8 and year 9 of school who are known to have an incomplete MMR history, this catch up programme is offered throughout the academic year. MMR information leaflet MMR consent form
School-Based Immunisations From September 2021 - The nasal flu vaccine
This Autumn term (2021-2022) we will be offering the nasal flu vaccine to all primary and all secondary school children. Reception to year 11. If your child does not currently attend school, please contact us (details below) so they can be invited to an alternative local community venue.
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to children and young people to help protect them against flu. Flu can be a serious illness that leads to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, and painful ear infections in children. Children under the age of 5 years old have the highest rate of hospital admission of any age group.
Vaccinating your child will not only help protect them from getting the flu but also prevent it spreading among vulnerable family members and friends. With COVID-19 in circulation, it is now more important than ever to protect people from getting ill with flu this winter and to protect the NHS.
For more information about the flu vaccinations for children, please click on the links below:
Contact details for your local team:
Coventry schools: Tel: 024 76 961422 Email: Bewise.Immunise@covwarkpt.nhs.uk
South Warwickshire schools: Tel: 01926 353899 Email: SOUTHIMMS@covwarkpt.nhs.uk
North Warwickshire schools Tel: 02476 321550 Email: NORTHIMMS@covwarkpt.nhs.uk