School Age Immunisations Service
*Please note the clinics scheduled for 7 April and 16 April at Cedar House in Enfield have been cancelled. Click here to read the letter to parents. The team continues to deliver immunisations in schools.*
The Enfield Immunisation Team provides the school aged vaccination programme for the borough of Enfield. We work with primary and secondary schools within the borough including special schools, Looked After Children, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), private schools and home educated children. For pupils that are absent a clinic in the school holidays is provided for the chance to have their missed immunisation.
We offer the flu vaccination to all primary school aged children and all children up to the age of 18 in special needs schools. In year 8, we offer the HPV vaccination to all young people and the opportunity to catch up their MMR vaccines if missed in childhood. In Year 9, all young people are offered the DTP (their 5th booster of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and Meningitis ACWY.
Please refer to the link below as to why vaccinations are so important for young people and adults: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/why-vaccination-is-safe-and-important/
For more information please contact:
Telephone: 0208 702 3324
How our service works
We are a team of qualified nurses and administration staff. We collaborate and liaise with the schools to deliver consent forms and arrange dates to schedule immunisation sessions. We would be grateful if you could return the consent form, even if you prefer your child not to be vaccinated. Please click on below links for copies of our School Aged Immunisation letters, leaflets and consent forms.
Please note that whilst parental consent is respected, the decision to participate is legally that of your child, so long as he or she understands the issues in what the procedure involves. This means that if you refuse, the vaccination may still be given if your child wishes to have it. Similarly, if you consent on behalf of your child and they refuse the vaccination, it will not be given.
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia. For further information, please see this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
Video Link for Flu: https://www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/flu-heroes-nasal-flu-spray-for-kids.aspx
HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses. There are many types of HPV, some of which are called "high risk" because they're linked to the development of cancers, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer, genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck. It also helps protect against genital warts.
From September 2019, all 12- and 13-year-olds in school Year 8 will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The second dose is normally offered 6 to 12 months after the first (in school Year 8 or Year 9).
It's important to have both doses to be protected.
MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against 3 separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires 2 doses. These vaccinations are normally given before primary school.
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
Teenagers and MMR
From September 2019, the MMR will be offered to 12 and 13 year olds in year 8 as part of the catch up Immunisation programme.
If they missed any doses of MMR vaccine when they were younger, they can be given 2 doses of MMR vaccine in school.
It's especially important for teenagers leaving home for college to be up to date with the MMR vaccine, as they are at higher risk of mumps.
Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection that can affect the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin. It's rare in the UK but there's a small risk of catching it while travelling in some parts of the world.
Tetanus is a serious but rare condition caused by bacteria getting into a wound. If the bacteria enter the body through a wound, they can quickly multiply and release a toxin that affects the nerves, causing symptoms such as muscle stiffness and spasms.
The Polio virus attacks the nerves in the spine and base of the brain. This can cause paralysis, usually in the legs, that develops over hours or days. The paralysis isn't usually permanent, and movement will often slowly return over the next few weeks and months.
The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given to boost protection against 3 separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. It's a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm. It's routinely given at secondary school (in school year 9) at the same time as the Men ACWY vaccine.
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly. It can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicaemia) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. It's a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm. It's routinely given at secondary school (in school year 9) at the same time as the DTP vaccine.
All information is taken from the NHS Choices website. For more information please see: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/
Consent forms and letters