Immunisation consent website

We care about our students, but we also care that their parents are properly consulted. You can find the answer to FAQ's below if required.

If you have any questions read our FAQs below.



Who we are and why we’ve asked you to visit us

We are a team a specially trained nurses and support staff who have vast experience in delivering immunisations to School aged children within school and community settings.

Our nurses are used to working in busy environments and using many different methods to ensure that children and young people have the most positive experience possible when receiving their vaccination.

We strongly advocate that this should be a positive experience, ensuring that the children and young people understand fully the benefits of vaccinations and feel part of the process themselves to support them in making healthy choices about their futures.

We work in small local teams to build strong relationships with 'our schools and communities' whilst also working within a wider team to ensure that expertise and learning is shared and we are able to support each other to ensure that we are always striving to deliver the safest and best service for our children, young people and the community.

Saving time, saving paper and helping to save the planet

We believe in protecting the environment and this is a clear way to reduce the use of paper. With e-consent the information that is required is confidentially processed in a safe manner with no risk of lost forms, information being altered, they are quick to fill in and easy to process.

You will receive confirmation when the form is completed and further confirmation when your child has been vaccinated, again avoiding any confusion as to whether they have received the vaccine or not.

If you do have any queries or difficulties accessing the form then please don't hesitate to contact the team.

Have any questions?

Here are some of our frequently asked questions.

  • Can I take my child to the GP for their vaccination?

    Generally, all adolescent school-aged vaccinations are provided by the school immunisation team. This includes HPV (dose 1 in year 8 and dose 2 in year 9), DTP and MenACWY (both offered in year 9). The GP can vaccinate in certain circumstances, but usually only if the child has missed their vaccinations in the school year it was due.

    The annual flu vaccination is only given in school or community clinic unless your child is clinically vulnerable. In this case, you will receive an invitation from the GP to attend the surgery.

    Occasionally, the team may request that vaccinations are given by the GP if it is thought to be more suitable.

  • What happens if I have missed the 'consent cut off date' but still want my child to be vaccinated?

    Whenever possible the team will provide a second vaccination opportunity, either in school or a community clinic. Please contact the team directly for further information.

  • What if my child is absent from school on the day of immunisation or declines to have it on the day?

    Your child can still receive their immunisation in a clinic venue, please contact the team directly for further information.

  • What if I change my mind about my child having their vaccination after I have submitted consent?

    It is important that you contact the Immunisation Team immediately and speak to a member of staff.

    We also advise that you contact the school if the vaccination session is planned within the next 72 hours.

    Please also make sure your child is aware that you do not want them to receive the vaccination, and provide a written confirmation of this for them to share with the team.

  • What if my child does not attend school?

    The team will be happy to see your child in one of our community clinics. Please contact the team to discuss your requirements.

  • What if my child has a medical condition?

    There are very few children that cannot receive their vaccinations.

    However, if your child has a medical condition, it is possible that we will ask you or your child’s GP or consultant for further information to ensure it is safe for them to receive the vaccination at the current time.

  • Are there any side effects following vaccination?

    All vaccines can cause side effects but studies suggest they are generally mild and settle within a day or two.

    Following a vaccination injection your child may experience:

    • Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the injection was given
    • Fever
    • Dizziness or fainting (fainting after any vaccine, including HPV vaccine, is more common among adolescents than others)
    • Nausea
    • Headache or feeling tired
    • Muscle or joint pain

    Further information can be found at: HPV vaccine side effects, 3-in-1 teenage booster side effects, MenACWY vaccine overview.

    If you are worried about your child you can telephone 111 for non-urgent medical advice or contact your GP practice.

    In an emergency please telephone 999.

    Following nasal flu vaccination, children may develop the following:

    • Headache
    • General tiredness
    • Some loss of appetite

    These side effects are mild, do not last long and are much less serious than developing flu or complications associated with flu. Serious side effects are uncommon.

    Further advice can be found at: Children's flu vaccine

    Our team reports any post vaccination side effects that we are aware of, so please contact the Immunisation Team if you feel that we need to report any reactions experienced by your child.

  • What if my child is unwell on the day of the vaccination?

    Vaccinations can safely be given as long as the child is not systemically unwell.

    If your child is not well enough to attend school, then our team will make arrangements to see them next time we visit. Generally if they are well enough to be in school, they are usually well enough to be vaccinated.

    However, if your child is recovering from a chronic illness or recent infection, the nurse may decide to defer the vaccination until they are fully recovered. This is to ensure that any subsequent changes in their health are not wrongly attributed to the vaccination.

  • Can my child take Ibuprofen or paracetamol after or before the vaccine?

    Yes, either Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be safely taken to reduce symptoms from the vaccine (please follow products dosage instructions). Likewise, if your child is taking ibuprofen or Paracetamol prior to the vaccine for any reason, it is still ok to have the vaccine whilst using these two medications.

  • Where can I find out more information about vaccinations?

    You can find further information on the NHS choices website. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the immunisation team. Information for parents and carers is also accessible in the NHS leaflet.

  • Do I get a copy of my consent form?

    Once you have submitted the consent you will receive an email to let you know we have received it.

  • How do I raise a technical support request?

    Please email us on support@riviam.zendesk.com. Please don't put any personal details in as this email is not for clinical issues.

  • What if I require the information in a different format?

    Please contact the immunisation team who will be able to assist.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions about our service or immunisations, please get in touch with us using the information below.

Call Single Point of Access on 0300 247 0082 or email VCL.Immunisations@nhs.net0300 247 0082 or email VCL.Immunisations@nhs.net

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