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.
In September 2017 we were commissioned to deliver the Fluenz nasal spray. 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).
Changes in the National Flu Programme
1960s – Annual flu immunisation recommended to directly protect those in clinical risk groups who are at a higher risk of influenza associated morbidity and mortality.
2000 – Flu vaccine policy extended to include all people aged 65 years and over.
2010 – Pregnancy added as a clinical risk category for routine flu immunisation.
2013 – Phased introduction of an annual childhood flu vaccination programme for all children aged 2-16 years began with vaccine offered to all children aged 2 and 3 years and seven geographical pilots in primary school aged children.
2014 – Phased introduction of childhood flu vaccination programme continued with vaccine offered to all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years and geographical pilots in primary and secondary school aged children.
2015 – Offer to all 2, 3 and 4 year old children and children of school years 1 and 2 age.
2016 – Offer to all 2, 3 and 4 year old children and children of school years 1, 2 and 3 age.
2017 – Offer to all 2 and 3 year old children and children of reception and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 age.
2018 – Offer to all 2 and 3 year old children and children of reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 age (all children who are aged two to 9 years old on 31 August 2018).
The United Kingdom (UK) has a long standing flu vaccination programme targeting all those 65 years and over, those under 65 years in a clinical risk group, and pregnant women. Influenza is a very common infection in the young with healthy children under 5 years of age having the highest influenza hospital admission rates compared to other age-groups. The vaccine programme was extended to include children, following the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in 2012.
From the 2013/14 season, a childhood flu programme using a newly licensed live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) was introduced in England with a new cohort being introduced each season to eventually cover all children 2-11 years of age, when there will be a pause.
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.
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- 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.
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 and queries for infant immunisations: Contact The Child Health Department direct, telephone 01785 221151 Choose option 1.
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
- My child missed their nasal flu immunisation at school, can they attend a clinic?
The Immunisation Team hold clinics regularly around the county; contact the Immunisation Team for further details.
- 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.
- My child has a cold, can they still have the nasal flu immunisation?
The nurse will assess your child's symptoms and take their temperature before determining if they are well enough to receive the vaccination.
- What is the eligible age for children to receive the nasal flu vaccine?
The Immunisation Team currently deliver the nasal flu programme for children in Reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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 seven registered nurses and is supported by two administration officers. 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.
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.
How to access our service (inc. referral routes)
- Immunisation Team
Tel: 01743 450800
When and where is our service available?
Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:00 at Coral House, 11 Longbow Close, Shrewsbury, SY1 3GZ
* Clinics by appointment only (including school holidays and evenings)
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.
Is the service accredited? If so, by whom?
Care Quality Commission