Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service
The Kent and Medway immunisation service has restarted the 0-19 vaccination programme. Any child or young person that has missed a vaccination this year during school closures, will either be offered an appointment at a catch up clinic or be seen in the new academic year at their school.
HPV 1 and 2: summer catch up clinics are being held for anyone that missed their HPV vaccinations due to school closures and lockdown. All other missed HPV vaccinations will be given in the new academic year when the team visits schools.
Td/IPV MenACWY: children who missed their vaccination in 2020 (year nine) will be offered this during school year 10 in Spring 2021. Next year’s school year nine will be invited as usual.
Flu: the nasal flu vaccination programme will be offered to all children at primary school between October and December 2020. This vaccination will also be offered to children in year seven this year. Parents will receive details of how to consent via an online portal nearer the time.
Other vaccinations: if you believe that your child has missed any other vaccination please contact our team and we will be able to advise you.
The Immunisation Team has put together some frequently asked questions for anyone concerned at the current time.
You can also contact the Immunisation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 123 5205 for more information.
Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.
Flu consent form
We have an online consent system, please take the time to fill this form in before our team visits your child’s school to ensure they receive their vaccination.
If you have any issues completing this form please call 0300 123 5205 for more support.
Who we are
We are teams of immunisation professionals based across Kent and Medway. Each local team has an immunisation lead nurse, immunisation staff nurses, immunisation assistants and admin support staff.
What we do
We deliver the routine national immunisation programme to school aged children. This includes children who may be home schooled, and others not in school.
We offer the following vaccinations which protect children and young people against:
- Flu for children in Year R,1,2,3,4,5 and 6 this is seasonal and will run from October to December.
- The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme will help prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in boys and girls, such as head and neck cancers, anal and genital cancers.
From September 2019, all year 8 girls and boys will receive their first of two doses of HPV vaccine. Their second dose will be offered when they are in Year 9. There is no catch-up programme for older boys.A catch-up programme for older boys is not necessary as evidence suggests they’re already benefitting greatly from the indirect protection (known as herd protection) that’s built up from 10 years of the girls’ HPV vaccination programme
- Meningococcal disease strains A, C, W, Y (MenACWY) Currently being offered to young people in years 9 and 10
- Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio (Td/IPV) Offered at the same time as MenACWY in years 9 and 10.
We also provide catch up clinics for any child or young person up to 19 years who are not up to date with their routine childhood immunisations.
If your child has missed their immunisation in school, is home educated or needs to catch up with their immunisations for any reason, you can bring them to one of our community clinics.
To book please contact the immunisation hub on 0300 123 5205.
If you are not sure which immunisations your child should please see the vaccination age checklist.
If you are not sure which immunisations they have already had you should contact your GP who will be able to check your child’s records.
How do you use this service?
The Department of Health specifies the eligibility for immunisation programmes. If you feel that you or your child fit the criteria for any of the programmes listed above please do contact us.