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Immunisations

In this section, you can read about the immunisations for children pre-school, and at primary and secondary schools.

 

Pre-School

Before starting school your child should receive all of the immunisations listed below to protect them from the most dangerous childhood diseases.

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You can get your baby and children immunised at your GP surgery, which will usually be done by the practice nurse. They will check the consent form and ensure your child is well and able to have their immunisations that day. If your child is unwell, you will be given a new appointment.

Please take your Personal Child Health Record ('red book') with you so your child's record can be updated.

If your child has missed any of the vaccinations for any reason, please contact your GP surgery, who can book your child in.

Below is the vaccination schedule for babies and young children:

8 weeks

  • 6-in-1 vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against six separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib – a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) and Hepatitis B (introduced September 2017)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
  • Rotavirus vaccine
  • Meningitis B vaccine 

12 weeks

16 weeks

One year (12 months)

2 to 10 years (including children in school years Reception to year 6)

3 years and 4 months

If your child has missed any of the vaccinations for any reason, please contact your GP surgery, who can book your child in.

The next vaccines are then given aged 12-13 years (HPV vaccine), and then at 14 years, the 3-in-1 teenage booster against diphtheria, tetanus and polio, and also the Men ACWY vaccine.

Primary School

From Autumn 2019, all children in school years Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect them against the flu as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

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This is delivered within schools by our school nursing teams.

The flu vaccine for children is needle-free and is given as a single dose that is sprayed up each nostril. It is quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

The nasal spray is more effective than the injected flu vaccine, especially in young children, which is why children are now routinely offered the nasal spray rather than the flu jab.

Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally, a child may die from flu.

The nasal spray vaccine contains flu viruses that have been weakened to stop them causing flu. It will help your child build up immunity to flu in a similar way as natural infection (but without the symptoms). Because the main flu viruses change each year, a new nasal spray vaccine has to be given each year, in the same way as the injectable flu vaccine. The flu vaccine for children has a very good safety profile. It has been widely used in the US for more than 10 years and no safety concerns have been raised so far.

Parents/carers receive an email about the immunisation at the start of the Autumn term. This will ask for e-consent for your child to be given the vaccine. The immunisation will then be done at school by the school nurse.

View the e-consent form

The nasal spray flu vaccine has very few side effects, the main one being that vaccinated children may have a runny nose for a short time afterwards.

Secondary School

The National Immunisation Programme for secondary schools includes:

  • The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine for 12-13 year old girls and boys in Year 8. 
  • The DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) vaccine for 14-15 year old girls and boys in Year 9.
  • Meningitis (Men ACWY) vaccine for 14-15 year old girls and boys in Year 9.

Secondary School ChildrenHPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine is also being offered to year 8 boys. This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.

The HPV vaccine helps protect against infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

This virus increases the risk of developing some cancers later in life, such as: cervical cancer, some mouth and throat cancers and some cancers of the anus and genital areas.

What difference has the HPV vaccine made so far? 
More than 80 million people have received the vaccine worldwide. In time it is expected that the vaccine will save hundreds of lives every year in the UK. A recent Scottish study has already shown a 71% reduction in pre-cancerous cervical disease in young women. Since the start of the vaccination programme in the UK there has been a big decline in the number of young people with genital warts.

View the e-consent form

 

Meningococcal ACWY, diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines

When you are having your Td/IPV boosters and Men ACWY vaccine, it's a good idea to check with the nurse or doctor that all your other immunisations are up to date (for example, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and, for some people, hepatitis B).

It's particularly important to check that your MMR immunisation is up to date because some teenagers have not had two doses of MMR.

Consent forms and information leaflets are sent out via your child's school at the appropriate time. Young people in secondary school who are assessed as competent by nurses can legally self-consent for any immunisation.

The nurse will check the consent form and ensure your child is well and able to have their immunisations that day. If your child is unwell or absent, a letter will be sent home regarding a new appointment.

Catch-up clinics 2019

General catch-up clinics for any missed immunisations are available as follows:

Venue

Date

Time

Contact

 

Caterham Dene Hospital

26 October

9.30am-1.00pm

01737 775 467

The Grove Community Health Centre, Egham                           

28 October

9.00am – 3.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Tattenham Clinic, Tattenham Health Centre

29 October

FLU ONLY

10.00am-2.00pm

020 8394 8153

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

26 November

FLU ONLY

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

 

28 November

FLU ONLY

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

16 December

FLU ONLY

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Molesey Clinic, West Molesey

16 December

FLU ONLY

10.00am-1.00pm

020 8394 8153

Dorking Hospital

17 December

FLU ONLY

9.30am-1.00pm

020 8394 8150

Epsom Clinic

18 December

9.30am-2.00pm

020 8394 8153

Farnham Hospital

19 December

FLU ONLY

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Caterham Dene Hospital

19 December 9.30am - 13.00pm 01737 775 467

Caterham Dene Hospital

21 December

9.30am-1.30pm

01737 775 467

Catch-up clinics 2020

General catch-up clinics for any missed immunisations are available as follows:

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

28 January

FLU ONLY

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

30 January

FLU ONLY

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Caterham Dene Hospital

22 February 9.30am - 1.00pm 01737 775 467

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

25 February

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

27 February

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

26 March

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

31.March

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Caterham Dene Hospital 4 April 9.30am - 1.00pm

01737 775 467

Farnham Hospital

23 April

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

28 April

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

21 May

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Caterham Dene Hospital

23 May 9.30am - 1.00pm 01737 775 467

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking

26 May

2.30pm-5.30pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Farnham Hospital

25 June

3.00pm-5.40pm

01483 728201 ext: 377

Teams and contact details

Woking, Runnymede, Guildford & Waverley boroughs

Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking - Tel:  01483 728 201 ext 377

Email: csh.sur-schoolimmswest@nhs.net

 

Spelthorne, Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell Mole Valley & Banstead boroughs

Ashford Clinic, Ashford - Tel: 01784 883 705

Tattenham Clinic, Epsom Downs - Tel: 01737 371 293

Email: csh.imms@nhs.net

 

Tandridge, Reigate, Redhill & Horley boroughs

Caterham Dene Hospital, Caterham - Tel: 01737 775 467

Email:  fchc.immunisation.team@nhs.net

For further information

  • To follow up a referral

For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.

  • For advice or questions about your child's health

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call the Advice Line

  • 2 year development checks

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call the Advice Line 

  • Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition

Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.

  • Access to mental health services

Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAMHS

  • Hearing concerns

Contact the Audiology service 

  • Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family  Health Surrey service

Go to https://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/feedback to read about our approach and who to contact. You can also email the Patient Experience Team directly using csh.patientexperience@nhs.net 

If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us.  Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.