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School Immunisations

General Information

In 2016 Kernow Health began delivering the School Immunisation Programme in Cornwall on behalf of NHS England. This replaced the service that General Practice previously offered.

As at September 2019, following national changes, the immunisation programme is as follows:

  •  Reception & Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 – Nasal Flu
  •  Year 8 girls & boys – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls and boys – Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY

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 that’s why it’s so important for us to protect young people against a range of diseases such as polio, cervical cancer, penile cancer, tetanus and diphtheria. For young children it is also vital we protect them against Flu. Flu can be a very dangerous illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. It can lead to hospitalisation.

A vaccine contains a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases). So if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and protect you.

Our school-age Immunisation Team is responsible for the planning and delivery of the school-age immunisation programmes in Cornwall. The vaccinations programmes are primarily carried out in school based settings, although we also offer clinics in other community settings for home-educated children and also depending on individual need. On this part of the website we provide advice and information for parents, clinical staff, schools and children & young People.

To contact the School Immunisation Team call or email:

Information For Children & Young People

Immunisation is a very important part of maintaining health, not just for you, but also for your families, friends and the entire population.

Some vaccines are only effective for a short period of time, such as the Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV), and it is therefore crucial that you are immunised in good time. Our aim at Kernow Health CIC is to see a significant increase in the number of children and young people protected against serious diseases, which are all potentially life-threatening.

Our school-age Immunisation Team is always happy to speak to you, your school or your families. You can call or email us:

In the meantime, we hope you will find the information tabs and links useful. You will find material about why we are vaccinating, consent forms, timetables and other related subject matter along with links and downloads to other sites.

You will find consent forms for the following here:

HPV Consent Form
Flu Consent Form
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis Consent Form

Please take the time to read and to think about your health and your future.

Information For Schools

From September 2019 the immunisation programme is:

  •  Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 – Nasal Flu
  •  Year 8 girls & boys – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls and boys – Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY

The Secondary School Programme began with HPV vaccinations in September 2019 and will continue into the New Year and after Easter for HPV mop-ups, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY.

Our school-age Immunisation Team is always happy to speak to you, your staff and your pupils when they come to your schools. Alternatively you can call or email us on the contact details provided.

To contact the school-age Immunisation Team call or email:

In the meantime, we hope you will find the information tabs useful. You will find material about why we are vaccinating, consent forms, timetables and other related subject matter along with links and downloads to other sites.

You will find consent forms for the following here:

HPV Consent Form
Flu Consent Form
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis Consent Form

Information For Parents

In 2016 Kernow Health began delivering the School Immunisation Programme in Cornwall on behalf of NHS England. This replaced the service that General Practice previously offered.

From September 2019 our immunisation programme is:

  •  Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Nasal Flu
  •  Year 8 girls & boys – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls – HPV
  •  Year 9 girls and boys – Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY

If your child is home-schooled, please contact us on 01872 221105 or 01872 221106 or 01872 221107 to book your child into one of our catch-up clinics.

Our school-age Immunisation Team is always happy to speak to your children when they visit your child’s school, or to you if you would like to call us on the contact numbers provided.

To contact the Immunisation Team call 01872 221105, 01872 221106 or 01872 221107, or you can email kernowhealth.schoolimmunisation@nhs.net.

To contact the Immunisation Team call or email:

In the meantime, we hope you will find the information tabs useful. You will find material about why we are vaccinating, consent forms, timetables and other related subject matter along with links and downloads to other sites.

You will find consent forms for the following here:
HPV Consent Form
Flu Consent Form
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis Consent Form

Kernow Health CIC, Cudmore House, Oak Lane, Truro, TR1 3LP
General Enquiries
01872 221105
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