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Immunisations

Our Immunisation team is responsible for the planning and delivery of the school-age immunisation programmes in Surrey. The vaccination programmes are primarily carried out in schools, although we also offer clinics in other community settings for home-educated children and other children depending on their individual needs.

Our team is made up of registered nurses and administrators. We cover all schools in Surrey, as well as any children who are home educated. 

Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all eligible children and young people in the UK. The national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases have disappeared but these diseases could come back – they are still around in many countries throughout the world.

In the UK, such diseases are kept at bay by the high immunisation rates and this is why it’s so important for us to protect young people against a range of diseases such as polio, cancers, tetanus and diphtheria and meningitis.

Babies and pre-school children receive immunisations through their GP surgery. The vaccination schedule for babies and young children is available on the NHS website including a measles webpage and a MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine webpage.

All children at primary school 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 Immunisation 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.

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 tetanus, diphtheria, and polio (Td/IPV) 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 Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine has been 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.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (Td/IPV)

This is given in Year 9 so is sometimes called the school leaver’s booster.

Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system and is caused when germs found in soil and manure get into the body through open wounds.

Diphtheria is a serious disease that often begins with a sore throat. It can damage the heart, nervous system and in severe cases may kill.

Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis of the muscles; if it affects the chest muscles or brain it can kill.

You need five doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio to build up and maintain immunity.

 

Meningitis ACWY

This is given in Year 9. This vaccine protects against the four main groups of meningococcal bacteria that can cause meningitis (infection of the layers that surround the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Meningococcal disease is rare but really serious and can lead to amputation, hearing loss, brain damage and scars.

E-consent

E-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 e-consent form and ensure your child is well and able to have their immunisations that day. If your child is unwell or absent, we will write to you regarding a new appointment.

View the e-consent form

Before your child’s planned immunisation session, you will receive an email from your child's school about giving e-consent for your child's vaccination. The email will include a unique code for your child's school so you can complete the e-consent form. 

If your child is needle phobic, highly anxious or you are worried about anything, please contact your local immunisation team.

If your child has missed their vaccination at school, please call the relevant phone number below to book an appointment at a catch-up clinic.

Dates, venues and telephone numbers are listed below.

Date

Address

Telephone number

Monday
22/01/24

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ

01483 794887

Tuesday
23/01/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Tuesday
23/01/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Saturday
27/01/2024

Farnham Hospital

Hale Road Farnham GU9 9QL

01483 794887

Monday
29/01/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Tuesday
30/01/2024

Ash Vale Clinic
Ash Vale Health Centre, Wharf Rd, Aldershot GU12 5BA

 

01483 794887

Thursday
1/02/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Monday
5/02/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Tuesday
6/02/24

Woking Clinic

Goldsworth Park Health Centre

Denton Way, Woking, GU21 3LU

01483 794887

Tuesday
6/02/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Wednesday
7/02/2024

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ

01483 794887

Thursday
8/02/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Saturday
10/02/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Monday
12/02/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Monday
12/02/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Friday
16/02/2024

Egham Clinic

The Grove Community Health Centre

Egham TW20 9QJ

01483 794887

Monday
19/02/2024

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ

01483 794887

Tuesday
20/02/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Friday 22/03/2024

Woking Drop in Clinic

Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA

01483 794887

Saturday
24/02/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Saturday
24/02/2024

Woking Clinic

Goldsworth Park Health Centre

Denton Way, Woking, GU21 3LU

01483 794887

Saturday
24/02/2024

Farnham Hospital

Hale Road Farnham GU9 9QL

01483 794887

Monday
26/02/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Thursday
29/02/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

 

 

 

Friday
1/03/2024

 

 

Orchard Clinic Redhill

Orchard Business Centre,

Bonehurst Road, Salfords, Redhill RH1 5EL

01737 775676

Tuesday
5/03/2024

Woking Clinic

Goldsworth Park Health Centre

Denton Way, Woking, GU21 3LU

01483 794887

Tuesday
5/03/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

 

020 8394 8153

Thursday
7/03/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Saturday
9/03/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Monday
11/03/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Monday
13/03/2024

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ

01483 794887

Thursday
14/03/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Saturday
16/03/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Saturday

16/03/2024

Woking Clinic

Goldsworth Park Health Centre

Denton Way, Woking, GU21 3LU

01483 794887

Tuesday
19/03/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Friday
22/03/2024

Egham Clinic

The Grove Community Health Centre

Egham TW20 9QJ

01483 794887

Saturday
23/03/24

Farnham Hospital

Hale Road Farnham GU9 9QL

01483 794887

Monday
25/03/24

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ

01483 794887

Monday
25/03/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Tuesday
26/03/2024

Ashford Clinic

66 Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU

020 8394 8153

Tuesday
26/03/2024

Leatherhead Hospital

Poplar Road, Leatherhead KT22 8SD

020 8394 8153

Tuesday
2/04/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Wednesday
3/04/2024

Caterham Dene Clinic

Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road, Caterham CR3 5RA

01737 775676

Monday
8/04/2024

Walton Clinic

Walton Health Centre, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LB

020 8394 8153

Thursday
11/04/24

Guildford Clinic

Jarvis Centre, 60 Stoughton Road Guildford GU1 1LJ
01483 794887

 

 

Please visit the NHS website for further information.

You can find your child’s vaccination history, in their Red Book where early childhood immunisations should be recorded.

Alternatively, please contact your GP or your local immunisations team (contact details in the section below).

Please contact your local immunisation team: