School vaccination team










What the service does

The school vaccination team offers protection to children and young people through immunisations delivered in school-based clinics.

During the autumn school term, the flu vaccine is given to children by a nasal spray. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is also offered to all pupils in year 9 during this term. HPV can cause cervical cancer and some other cancers.     

From January to Easter, young people in year 11 are offered:

  • protection against meningitis ACWY virus, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia  
  • a booster vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and polio
  • the opportunity to catch up on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine


How to access the service

All parents will receive an information pack and consent form through their child’s school.

You should complete the form, sign it and return it to the school before your child receives any vaccines.


Vaccination statistics

During the last school year, 37,288 vaccines were given to children and young people in school-based clinics in the Greater Belfast area.

Of this total:

  • 25,583 flu vaccines were given to children of primary school age
  • 2,226 year 9 girls received two HPV vaccines
  • 4,194 year 11 young people received protection against the meningitis ACWY virus and also received the diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster vaccine

The MMR catch-up vaccine was offered to year 11 and year 12 young people.

For further information, please access the links below or contact the school vaccination team on 028 9504 1847.


Useful links

NHS information on the nasal flu spray for children

PHA leaflet on protecting your child against flu

NI Direct information on the HPV vaccine for 12 to 13 year olds

PHA leaflet on the HPV vaccine for 12 to 13 year olds

PHA leaflet on immunisations for 14 to 18 year olds