Immunisation (vaccination) is a way of protecting you against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them.
Herd Immunity: There will always be some people who cannot be vaccinated and are therefore unprotected. This may be because they have a medical condition which prohibits immunisation. There are also those who are too young to be vaccinated. However, the greater number of people in the population that are protected, through vaccination, the more the ‘entire community’ will be protected against catching an illness, as this lowers the chance of the outbreak of the disease and protects everyone.
Hillingdon Immunisation Task Force provides catch-up immunisations for children who have not received all their childhood vaccinations.
The team is led by an immunisations specialist nurse who works in conjunction with the school nursing service. They work in partnership with public health, general practitioner (GP) practices, the school nursing teams
The Task Force provides:
- Catch-up immunisation sessions for children who are three months behind their routine childhood immunisation programme, children who are not registered with a GP practice, or vulnerable families who cannot access the GP services easily.
- Catch-up sessions for girls in Year 8 who have not been immunised against human papilloma virus (HPV) in school
- Catch-up sessions for pupils in Year 10 who have not received their low dose diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster and/or their meningococcal booster.
- Catch-up immunisations up to the age of 18 for children in care, including asylum-seekers. - Guidance on immunisation for professionals looking after children with underlying medical conditions.
School nursing services provide specialist nursing care, advice and support to school-age children and young people to enable optimal health and wellbeing. They also provide immunisation.
The vaccinations administered in general practice are part of a national strategy to protect children and adults from infectious diseases through vaccination and include:
- Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme
- Schools Immunisation Programme
- Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination campaigns
- Vaccination of late entrant/defaulters from vaccination programmes
- Vaccinations carried out for public health and occupational health purposes
If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
Read more on how to access travel vaccinations.
Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. Some people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups.
A guide to NHS Vaccinations Schedule – All Ages
A guide to immunisations up to 13 months of age
Details of immunisations for children at 3 years and 4 months of age before they start school:
Immunisations at Secondary School:
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