The school age vaccination team is based in St Annes Health Centre and Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Morecambe. They deliver the school age immunisation programme across the whole Trust from St Annes right up to the Cumbrian border. Our specially trained team is made up of a clinical lead, staff nurses, administrative staff and apprentices. They primarily work term-time, Monday- Friday 08:30-17:00.
The team based in St Annes cover Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas and the team in Morecambe cover Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth areas. The vaccination programme is available to all school-aged children. The programme is delivered in primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units (PRUs), children’s homes, travelling communities, community clinics and home visits for hard-to-reach children.
Services we offer
The vaccination team deliver the school based immunisation programme that has been commissioned by Public Health England. The current programme is detailed in the Green Book https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation
Details of the vaccinations and why they are given can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/
All primary school aged children in Reception to Year 7 will be offered a seasonal nasal flu vaccination. Any children who are not suitable for the nasal flu spray will be advised of alternative arrangements on how to get their child vaccinated against flu.
All children in Year 8 from 2019 will be offered the first dose of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
All children in Year 9 will receive a second dose of the HPV vaccine. They will also be offered Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) vaccine and Meningitis ACWY vaccine. This will then complete the childhood vaccination programme.
As part of the targeted MMR catch up programme we do offer catch up MMR vaccinations to any children in Year 8 and above.
How the programme works
Your child will usually be sent a consent form home with them from school for the person with parental responsibility to complete. It is important that the form is returned to school ASAP. They will then be collected by a member of the team and the form will be triaged by a registered nurse. You may receive a telephone call if you have highlighted any medical conditions, allergies or if you have not completed the form fully. So please include a current telephone number.
The administrative staff will then contact schools with appointment schedules ready for our booked date in school. We do ask that school informs the pupils and parents of the planned vaccination date.
It is really helpful if children in secondary schools can wear short sleeves or a vest on the day. However the team carry a small supply of T-shirts for children to change into if needed. Your child will be called down in small groups. Vaccinations are given maintaining your child’s privacy and dignity. The nurse administering the vaccine will check your child’s details and explain what is going to happen. They carry stress toys to help if children are feeling anxious and we also encourage children to play music as a distraction if it helps.
Your child will leave the session with a record card of what vaccinations they have received, they are told to take it home and give it to their parents/carers- but they often stay in school bags for quite some time!
Please contact us on the following numbers if you have any questions or would like further advice:-
Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre at St Annes the office number is- 01253 951984
Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth the office number is- 01524 406672
There is an option to leave a message on both telephones but these will only be dealt with during office hours.
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Facebook- BTH School Age Vaccination Team https://www.facebook.com/BTHVacc