Immunisation Team

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

We offer vaccinations to all children of school age, as part of the Department of Health’s national vaccination programme.

This includes:

  • Flu vaccinations, which from 2019 will be offered to children in Reception year to year 6 during the autumn term
  • HPV Doses 1 and 2, given to girls from Year 8 in the summer term. NB HPV will be also delivered to boys commencing in the 2019/20 academic year; delivery starts in summer term 2020
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, polio and meningitis ACWY booster injections (two vaccinations), given to pupils in Year 9, and usually delivered in the spring term
  • The MMR catch up programme from year 2 upwards, for children with a missing or incomplete MMR history, 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. All childhood immunisations are carried out in schools by our team. For children who are home educated or have missed their dose at school, community clinics are provided across Berkshire. If your child has missed his/her routine school immunisations, contact the team as they can be provide these immunisations up until young people finish full time education (Year 13).

If your child is needle phobic, highly anxious or you are worried, contact the team, and they will be able to advise how he/she can be supported to receive their immunisation. Contact the Immunisation Team to find out when these are in your area.

The Immunisation team respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases in schools/nurseries, as directed by Public Health England

If you want to know more about the childhood vaccination schedule, visit the Vaccine Knowledge Project who provide a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases.

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