'After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives and promoting good health.'
In Guernsey, children are offered the Routine Immunisation Schedule as is delivered across the UK. You can view the routine schedule here Routine Immunisation Schedule
In Guernsey, Health Visitors, School Nurses and Nurses who work in GP surgeries receive special training in the giving of vaccines. They are knowledgeable about vaccines and can answer any questions you have and talk through any concerns.
All routine immunisations are paid for by Health and Social Care.
Baby and 1 Year Vaccination
- In Guernsey, all immunisations given to babies and one year old children are offered by your GP surgery.
- Your Health Visitor can answer any questions or discuss any worries you have about giving your baby vaccines.
- You can find out more about the vaccines offered to babies and children at 1 year in the leaflet A Guide to Immunisation for Babies
3 Year 4 Month Booster Immunisations
- The Health Visiting Team offers 2 pre school booster immunisations of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Whooping cough (DTaP/IPV) and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) to children from 3 years 4 months of age as recommended by the Routine Schedule.
- The boosters are offered as part of a developmental review appointment to which you will be invited by letter when your child reaches the correct age. There is no charge for this service.
- The nurses administering these immunisations are trained and used to dealing with children of this age. It is understandable for parents and children to feel anxious but we try our best to ensure that this is done with minimal upset. We do find that children find it less upsetting if they are made aware of what is going to happen. We suggest you tell them they require some medication in their arms before they go to school to make sure that they continue to be healthy. We appreciate that all children are different but most children will be able to understand this.
- It is helpful if children wear clothes that can be easily removed to expose the top of their arms.
- We recommend you read about these vaccines and read the product information before you bring your child to clinic.
- You can read the vaccine product information leaflets here:
- More information about the vaccines can be found in the leaflet about preschool immunisations here Pre-school Vaccinations: A Guide to Vaccinations from 2 years old until starting primary school [772kb]
- You can also see information on the NHS immunisation website here MMR and DTaP/IPV
- If you have any questions about these or any other immunisations please contact us at Lukis House on Tel No: 01481 222011 ext no: 5286. We will be happy to answer your questions and give advice.
School Based Immunisations
- Immunisations are offered to school age children in Guernsey in schools by the School Nursing Team. Immunisations offered follow the United Kingdom routine immunisation schedule
- You can view the routine schedule in the downloads section.
- All immunisations given in school to school age pupils are free of charge. You will receive information about these immunisations and a consent form to complete when vaccinations are due.They will be given in school by experienced school nurses who will make sure nervous pupils are as comfortable as possible
- Please contact the School Nursing service if you have any questions about Immunisations. If you know your child has missed some immunisations please call and we can help arrange for your child to receive these.
- School Nurses offer Immunisation catch up clinics at Lukis House. Please contact us by calling 01481 222011 to find out the date of our next clinic.
- School Nurses offer the following routine immunisations:
- Nasal Flu for all primary school children and children in secondary school Year 7, 8,9,10 and 11.
- HPV Dose 1 in Year 8 and Dose 2 in Year 9 for all students.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for all year 9 students.
- You can find out more about the vaccines offered to young people in the leaflets here:
- More information on each specific immunisation can be found in the drop downs below.
- With Covid-19 in circulation, it is more important than ever to reduce the number of those becoming ill with Flu this winter to help protect them and the Health Services.
- Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.The Flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Children need to have this vaccine each year. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects, It's quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. The School Nurse Team will be visiting schools in September, October and November to offer this vaccine in schools to all primary school age children and children in School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
- You will receive a letter with the date we are visiting your child's school and a Consent form to return to school. We suggest you read about this vaccine in the following leaflets before signing and returning the Consent form to school.
- Children who have medical conditions which put them at increased risk can be seen at Lukis House before the school session if needed. In addition, catch-up clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling Tel No: 01481 222011
HPV for Year 8 and 9
- From September 2019, all 12 and 13 year olds in school Year 8 will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine used is called Gardasil.
- It helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, including:
- Cervical Cancer.
- Some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers.
- Some cancers of the anal and genital areas.
- It also helps protect against genital warts.
- In Guernsey, girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years will be routinely offered the first HPV vaccination when they are in school Year 8.
- The second dose will be offered approximately 12 months after the first (in school Year 9).
- It is important to have both doses to be protected.
- You can find out more information on the vaccine in the following publications: (Click to view)
- Clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling Tel No: 01481 222011.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for Year 9 boys and girls
- All students in year 9 are offered booster injections of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY. School Nurses will visit secondary schools in the summer term to offer these boosters. These are the final immunisations offered in the routine childhood schedule. You can view the Routine Immunisation Schedule June 2020 [55kb].
- You can read more about these vaccines on the NHS Immunisation website here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- It is important that you read the product information leaflets for the vaccines before you provide consent. You can find these here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- You will receive a letter and a consent form in the post and you will be asked to return this to school by a set date.
- Catch up clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling 01481 222011 ex 5286.
- Please contact the School Nursing Team if you require any further help or information. Please use the contact button on the right of this screen to see how you can contact us.
- The BCG vaccine (which stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine) is not given as part of the routine childhood schedule. In Guernsey (as in the UK) it is only given when a child or adult is thought to have an increased risk of coming into contact with TB.
- More information on the BCG vaccine can be found here. NHS Immunisation Website-TB
- You can view the leaflet TB, BCG Vaccine and your baby here. TB,BCG vaccine and your Baby Leaflet. [258kb]
- You can read the Vaccine Product Information here. BCG vaccine product Information [286kb]
- Please contact the Lead Nurse for immunisation at Lukis House, to discuss if you believe your child requires a BCG vaccination, by calling Tel: 01481 222011 ext: 5286.