Vaccinations & immunisations
Who are we?
We are a clinical team offering school based immunisation programmes, advice, support and training to colleagues and the public for both childhood and adult immunisations. We see people of all ages across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
All childhood and adult immunisations are offered as per national guidance as detailed in The Green Book 2006 and Public Health England.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are offered to young girls between the ages of 11 and 18 years as a two-dose course offering protection against cervical cancer. In September 2012 the Department of Health introduced the Gardasil vaccine for use in the schools HPV programme protecting against cervical cancer and genital warts. We invite girls in year 8 to receive their first dose as part of the school based programme with the second dose given approximately 12 months later.
In September 2014 the team was commissioned to deliver the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis (school leaver booster) and the Meningitis ACWY adolescent dose to year nine children. It is important that all children receive these vaccinations to complete their childhood immunisations and ensuring they are fully protected.
From September 2017 we will be offering the Fluenz nasal spray to all Reception children, Key Stage 1 (5 rising 6 and 6 rising 7 year olds), Year 3 and Year 4 children to protect against seasonal flu. There are frquently asked questions and answers available for parental guidance on the Children's flu vaccine FAQs and an information video on the Fluenz nasal spray - video for parents and children which you may find useful (also embedded below).
From January 2017 following national guidance we will implement a catch up programme for the delivery of the Meningitis ACWY for year 11 students, this vaccine replaces the Adolescent Meningitis C vaccine.
Service delivery varies depending on how it is commissioned. For instance, school based programmes are delivered by the Immunisation Team, infant immunisations and seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and high risk patients are delivered by GP Practices. From the 1st August 2015 following national guidance GP practices will be offering a catch up programme to deliver the Meningitis ACWY to current year 13 students and older university entrants 19 - 24 year olds only; if you have not received an appointment please contact your GP direct.
Vaccination and immunisation staff can be supported by school nurses, BCG/HPV Coordinator and the Immunisation Facilitator.
- Annual staff update in immunisation training
- Co-ordination and the delivery of all school-based immunisation programmes
- Specialist advice and support for local immunisation colleagues and members of the public
- Work to target children who have missed childhood immunisations
The people we see
The Immunisation Team offers school based immunisation programmes commissioned by Public Health England via all local authority schools, inclusive of Independent schools throughout Shropshire and the Telford & Wrekin area.
We see children and young people from reception and throughout their time at school for scheduled immunisations as directed by national guidance.
If assisting with a disease outbreak the Immunisation Team will offer appropriate prophylaxis treatment following local and national guidance and working with colleagues to offer protection to children and adults as required.
High risk school age children who have missed their BCG vaccination (which protects against tuberculosis) can be assessed for inclusion of this vaccine as per national guidance. Contact the BCG/HPV Coordinator.
Professional colleagues offer advice, support and mandatory training for childhood and adult immunisations. Contact the Immunisation Facilitator.
New patients are referred to the vaccination and immunisation service from immunisation colleagues, GPs, parents and also by patients self referring. In addition, schools and out of county colleagues are contacted as part of the schools based programmes.
Young girls in the target cohort for the HPV schools based programme and those who have yet to complete their course of childhood injections. If school colleagues, parents/guardians or young people have any questions please contact us direct.
Services we do not offer
- Advice on travel vaccines
- Appointments for infant immunisations. Contact The Child Health Department, telephone 01785 221151 Choose option 3 for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
What you should bring with you
When attending a clinic appointment please bring your appointment letter and your child's health record book (red book) to enable staff to record any immunisations given.
Frequently asked questions
- We live on a farm and would like our children to have the BCG vaccination
This is not a risk factor but children will be risk assessed and offered vaccinations if they meet national guidance.
- My daughter has missed one of the HPV vaccinations in school
They will either be offered a clinic appointment or seen in school at one of the ‘mop up’ sessions.
From immunisation nurses
- We're uncertain or have an incomplete immunisation status of patients attending a GP practice
Immunisation Facilitators can assist in providing clarity using Department of Health and Health Protection Agency guidance.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and our "Local Offer"
What is the Local Offer?
The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. You can find out more about information about this on our SEND reforms and Local Offers page.
The Immunisation Team comprises of six registered nurses and is support by two administration clerks. We offer school based immunisation programmes to deliver the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis (School Leaver Booster) and Adolescent Meningitis ACWY vaccines to Year 9 students, and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) to Year 8 girls.
In October 2016 we were successful in tendering to deliver a school based programme to offer the Fluenz nasal spray for Key Stage 1 children (5 rising 6 year olds and 6 rising 7 year olds) and Year 3 children (7 rising 8 year olds) to offer protection against seasonal flu. This programme continues to grow, see below for further details.
From January to March 2017 following national guidance for the introduction of the Meningitis ACWY, year 11 students will be offered this vaccine as a catch up programme. This vaccine replaces the Adolescent Meningitis C booster previously offered to the year 9 students.
The service is inclusive for school age children who are not in mainstream school, such as home tutored and travellers. The team also take part in the delivery of immunisations/prophylaxis therapy under the direction of Public Health England (PHE) in disease outbreak situations.
Offers annual Immunisation Update Training for health professionals and health care assistants in line with their CPD and mandatory training requirements for practice. Enquires for this service can be made directly in the first instance.
What do you provide to children and young people with an additional need and or disability 0-25yrs?
The Immunisation Team offers school based immunisation programmes to deliver the School Leaver Booster (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomylitis) and the Meningitis ACWY vaccines to Year 9 students, and the HPV vaccinations to Year 8 girls. To include school age children who are not in mainstream school, such as home tutored and travellers. All eligible young people are offerd vaccinations via school in the first instance, any missed doses or if your child is very anxious can be offered clinic appointments. To take part in the delivery of immunisations/prophylaxis therapy under the direction of PHE in disease outbreak situations.
Do we provide support for parents and carers?
We have provided a leaflet prepared by Child Psychology Services titled 'Preparing your child for vaccinations'. Referrals can also be made to the School Nursing Service for additional support.
Who can use our service? Age? Disability?
Immunisation Team: School age children, young people and parents/carers, health professionals requiring advice/information/referral
Immunisation Facilitator: Professionals i.e. Practice Nurses, GPs.
How to access our service (inc. referral routes)
When and where is our service available?
Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:00 at Coral House, 11 Longbow Close, Shrewsbury, SY1 3GZ
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 08:30 - 16:30 at Coral House, 11 Longbow Close, Shrewsbury SY1 3GZ
How to find out about the service
Via website, GP practices, parent letters and schools.
How can families contact the service?
Families can contact direct as above.
For external agencies: is the service free or charged?
External immunisation update packages for professionals are charged.
Is the service accredited? If so, by whom?
Care Quality Commission