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School Age Vaccination and Immunisation Team

School nurse gives vaccine to patient

Who we are

The School Age Vaccination and Immunisation Team consists of experienced registered nurses and health care support workers who deliver the National School Age Programme of Immunisations in Sheffield. Our experienced team have developed processes to ensure that our service is accessible to all eligible children.

A dedicated phone support line (0114 305 3230) is available between 9am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays, with an answer machine service available outside of these times. The team can also be contacted via email: scn-tr.sheffielddutysn.vacandimm@nhs.net

What we do

Our main immunisation programme is delivered in schools and supports:

  • Young people and families in avoiding the need to take time out of school or work
  • Reducing travel time and cost for families
  • Reducing inequalities for children living in rural areas

We also offer a number of community based clinics (across the Sheffield area) during school holidays to support children who are educated at home, not currently in school, and to provide further opportunities for young people to receive any missed vaccinations. Details for upcoming clinics will be shared on social media and in the News section.

School nurse in sensory clinicThe team also offers support for children and young people with vaccination fear and anxiety. Our sensory vaccination clinics run throughout the year. These are a quieter, calmer space with much longer appointment slots where young people can be accompanied by a supporting adult. They may choose to just visit, or have a consultation, or be vaccinated on the day.

15-year-old Adam went to one of these sensory clinics to overcome his fear of needles, and you can read his story in the News section.

If they are unsuccessful during these clinics, the team may also offer some ongoing support and resources around fear and panic, grounding techniques and a graded exposure exercise.

What vaccinations do the team deliver?

What are immunisations?

Immunisation makes sure that our bodies are best-protected against some serious diseases. It means that if we come into contact with certain diseases our bodies are better equipped to fight them off.

As a result of the UK’s National Immunisation Programme, a number of diseases have disappeared from the UK, such as polio. However, as they are still present in other countries, they could come back, so it is vital that we remain protected. Maintaining high immunisation rates means that we not only protect ourselves, but also our families and communities, and it helps to keep diseases at bay.

Vaccines…

…Do

  • Protect you and your child from many serious and potentially deadly diseases
  • Protect other people in your community – by helping to stop diseases spreading to people who cannot have vaccines
  • They undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced – they’re also constantly monitored for side effects after being introduced
  • Occasionally cause mild side effects that will not last long – some children may feel a bit unwell and have a sore arm for two or three days
  • They reduce or even get rid of some diseases – if enough people are vaccinated. 

Don’t

  • Do not cause Autism – studies have found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and Autism
  • Do not overload or weaken the immune system – it is safe to give children several vaccines at a time and this reduces the amount of injections they need
  • Do not cause allergies or any other conditions – all the current evidence tells us that vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating
  • Do not contain mercury (Thiomersal)
  • Do not contain any ingredients that cause harm in such small amounts – but speak to the team if you have any known severe allergies

You can visit the NHS immunisation page for more information.

Consent

We need consent from a person with parental responsibility for a young person to receive their vaccination(s). Young people aged 16 years and over are presumed in law to be able to consent to their own medical treatment.

How do I give consent?

We’re introducing a new electronic way for parents and carers to consent to their child’s school-aged vaccinations. The new e-consent process is easy, secure and convenient. Parents and carers of pupils can now give consent for their child’s school-aged vaccinations online using a new e-consent form instead of the paper forms which have previously been sent to home addresses.

Why we’re moving to e-consent

  • The process is completely safe, secure and convenient
  • It’s much easier and quicker for parents, carers and schools
  • Consent forms can be completed on mobile phones, tablets or computers
  • It saves paper and time

The 5 steps involved in giving e-consent

  1. As a parents or carer you will receive a link to the e-consent form. This will be sent via an email or text from your child’s school.
  2. When you receive the link, complete the form and click submit. You will then receive an email confirming consent.
  3. Your completed e-consent form will be sent to our secure portal.
  4. A report containing all consent forms will be generated and sent to the our Immunisation team.
  5. Vaccination lists are then generated, and your child will receive their vaccination in school.

Further Support

We work closely with other services and aim to provide education and promotion around vaccination to ensure young people and their families have all the information they need to make an informed choice. We may do this by ensuring families can access information in their primary language, or attending schools and community venues to provide education around vaccinations and their surrounding public health issues.

Schedule of vaccinations and choosing to decline

If you do not want your child to receive the vaccination(s) please return the consent forms and fill in the refusal section, that way the young person will not be offered the vaccine. If you can tell us why that would be helpful too, as sometimes we may be able to offer support in other ways for your child.

It is really important that children receive the routine immunisation programme suggested by Public Health England. If you think your child has outstanding vaccinations not covered by the School Age Vaccination and Immunisation Team please contact your registered GP.

Routine immunisation schedule

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