Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust has been commissioned to deliver the school immunisation programme to all schools in Hertfordshire. We work in partnership with Vaccinations UK (who deliver our flu programme), schools, including state, independent, special schools and pupil referral units and offer community clinics for young people who are educated at home. We also respond to cases of disease outbreaks in the community such as measles or mumps.
The telephone contact details for parents wishing to make enquiries for vaccination schedules in schools, advice about the vaccination programmes or to book an appointment for missed immunisations is:
01727 732062 for all secondary school children 01462 341173 for all primary school children (flu programme).
For general enquiries please email the team. We also offer catch-up clinics, for more information please contact the team.
Maggie Davies, Immunisation Team Lead
Mary-Louise Young, Clinical Quality Lead
In the Autumn Term 2019/20, the flu intra-nasal vaccine will be available to all children attending primary school as part of the national Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme. Children under two will be able to have the immunisation at their GP surgery. The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray which is squirted up each nostril. It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.
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.
For children with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease, getting flu can be very serious as they are more at risk of developing serious complications.
Research from the last few years of school vaccinations shows very positive results from the childhood flu vaccination programme, including significant decreases in hospital admissions in children with flu-like illnesses.
Further information can be found here.
For more information on nasal flu spray, click here to watch the short cartoon for primary school age children: 'Flu Heroes - nasal flu spray for kids.'
Primary School Age: Immunisations delivered by Vaccinations UK
Reception: 01462 459595
Fax: 01462 435373
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