About the vaccination appointment
Taking your child for vaccinations can be a worrying and stressful time for both the child and parents, at Vaccines For Kids we try to make the vaccination process as relaxed and pain-free as possible. We find using a positive environment, with praise and rewards, helps the child overcome an undoubtedly stressful event. The consultation starts with an interaction with one of our pharmacists in-store or on the phone to ascertain how old the child is, what medical history they have and what other vaccinations they may have received recently. Once this information has been confirmed and the vaccine has been deemed safe to administer, we can administer immediately, or a future vaccination date can be arranged.
On the vaccination date, a risk assessment form is completed by the parent/guardian to document the personal details of the child (e.g. name, address and date of birth) in addition to allergy status, medical conditions and written consent from the child’s parent/guardian. Once the pharmacist has clinically appraised this form and prepared the vaccine, the vaccine can be administered. With young children we usually like the child to be sat securely on a parent/guardian’s knee with the injection site area exposed. Often, we try to distract young children with suitably selected videos, Peppa Pig is our favourite!
After the vaccination the pharmacist will complete a GP notification form, this is used to notify the child’s GP practice of the vaccination and help keep the child’s medical record up to date. A parent or guardian may also want to bring the child’s personal red book for us to complete once the vaccination is complete.
Finally, we will offer the child a lollipop (if parent or guardian allows!) and a certificate from Viktor – our vaccine superhero – to try and make the vaccination experience as positive and enjoyable as possible.
For more information about the vaccines we can administer and the diseases they protect against visit the links below.
NHS Vaccination Schedule
Certain vaccines are offered on the NHS at different ages as detailed below.
~ 6-in-1 vaccine, given as a single jab containing vaccines to protect against six separate diseases: diphtheria; tetanus; whooping cough (pertussis); polio; Haemophilus influenzae type b, known as Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children; and hepatitis B
~ 6-in-1 vaccine, second dose
~ Rotavirus vaccine, second dose
~ 6-in-1 vaccine, third dose
~ Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose
~ MenB vaccine second dose
~ Hib/MenC vaccine, given as a single jab containing vaccines against meningitis C (first dose) and Hib (fourth dose)
~ Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab
~ Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose
~ MenB vaccine, third dose
2 to 9 years (including children in reception class and school years 1 to 5)
~ Children's flu vaccine (annual)
3 years and 4 months
~ Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose
~ 4-in-1 pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio
12-13 years (girls only)
~ HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer – two injections given 6-12 months apart
~ 3-in-1 teenage booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio
~ MenACWY vaccine, given as a single jab containing vaccines against meningitis A, C, W and Y
Schedule correct as of 23rd January 2019. Source