About the Calderdale Immunisation Team

The Immunisation team are responsible for the planning and delivery of the Department of Health school aged immunisation programmes within Calderdale. This is according to current national campaigns. The vaccination programmes are primarily carried out in a school based setting; although these can also be offered in other community settings depending on individual need.

The team can also provide expert advice to children, families, schools and other professionals regarding vaccination and immunisation issues. Vaccinations currently being offered are as follows;

Year 8Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)Boy's and Girl's 
Year 9Diphtheria, Tetanus, polio (Td/IPV) Boy’s and Girl’s
Year 9Meningitis ACWY(Men ACWY) 

Boy’s and Girl’s

Year 9Measles, Mumps, Rubella (offered as a catch up programme from February 2019).(MMR)Boy's and Girl's

Primary School Years-Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Secondary School Years-7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Nasal Flu Spray offered to primary school age children in Reception to Year 6 students and secondary age children in years 7 to 11 from Oct 2021.


Boy’s and Girl’s

Consent forms, information leaflets and letters are sent out via your child’s school at the appropriate time. We ask that they are returned to your child’s school as soon as possible and signed with either consent or non-consent for the vaccine. In the event of consent forms not being returned your child may be assessed using the Fraser Guidelines and if deemed competent may be offered the vaccine.

Young people in secondary school who are deemed competent after assessment by the nurse are legally allowed to consent for themselves.

Consent forms can be printed from this website. Please go to Vaccinations We Offer. The nurse will check the consent form and ensure that your child is well and able to have their immunisation on the day.

Calderdale Immunisation Team
Brighouse Health Centre,
Lawson Road,

01484 728 956


Vaccinations We Offer

More Information
Tetanus/Diphtheria/PolioTotal of 5 doses:
3 doses as a baby.
4th dose between 3 & 5 yrs
5th dose due in school Yr 9 (13 – 14yrs)

Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms, cause breathing problems and can kill. It is caused when germs found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. Tetanus cannot be passed from person to person. 

Diphtheria is a serious disease that usually begins with a sore throat and can quickly cause breathing problems. It can damage the heart and nervous system, and in severe cases, it can kill.

Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. If it affects the chest muscles or the brain, polio can kill.

Meningitis ACWY

Total of 1 dose:
Offered routinely to school Yr 9 (13-14 Yrs)

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain, and can be the result of infection with a virus, bacteria, or other disease-causing organism, or as a result of injury. As well as meningitis, meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can be very serious, especially if not diagnosed early, and can lead to death. 





Meningitis Research Foundation
Helpline: 080 8800 3344

Meningitis Now 24hr helpline: 0808 80 10 388


Total of 2 doses (offered in Year 9 as a catch up programme in schools from February 2020)

1st dose aged 12mths to 15mths
2nd dose aged 4yrs to 6yrs.  Students in education with no or partial immunity need either the full course of 2 doses (separated by at least 28 days) or a single catch up dose.

Measles is an airborne infection producing cold-like symptoms, fever, rash, sore eyes or conjunctivitis. It can cause deafness, fits, brain damage & swelling of the brain.  Since 2006 there have been three deaths from measles in the UK.

Mumps is an airborne infection producing symptoms such as fever, headache and swollen glands in the face.  Although most cases are mild, mumps can cause viral meningitis and painful inflammation of the ovaries or testicles and in rare cases, of the pancreas.

Rubella is also an airborne infection producing symptoms such as swollen glands, sore throat, temperature and a rash.  Although cases are mild, catching Rubella through pregnancy can cause serious illness in unborn babies, including deafness, blindness or even death.   

  • To discuss or consent to this vaccination call 01484 728 956


Nasal Spray Flu

Total of 1 dose up each nostril:
Offered routinely to Primary school-aged children in Reception 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, (4 – 11yrs) and secondary school-aged children in Years 7,8,9,10 & 11 from October 2021.

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely and can be very unpleasant for children. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. 

Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child may die from flu.




Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Boys and Girls, from September 2019.

Total of 2 doses: 

6 mths to 24 mths apart. Beginning in school Yr 8.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common viral sexually transmitted infection which can progress to cancer.

The HPV vaccine protects against HPV related diseases such as oral, throat and anal/genital cancers as well as cervical cancer in girls.

Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common women's cancer in the world, with around 3000 cases diagnosed in the UK every year.

By vaccinating boys against HPV, as well as giving them protection from the HPV related diseases mentioned above, it will also help reduce the overall number of cervical cancers in women through a process known as 'herd immunity'.






What if I am not in school on the day the vaccines are being given?

You will be either vaccinated when the team are next in school or invited to a mop up session in the community.

Why do we need immunisation?

The national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases, such as polio, have disappeared in the UK. But these diseases could come back – they are still around in many countries throughout the world. That’s why it’s so important for you to protect yourself. In the UK, diseases are kept at bay by the high immunisation rates.

If I was immunised against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and meningitis as a child, am I still protected?

You may still have some protection, but you need these boosters to complete your routine immunisation and give you longer-term protection.

How do vaccines work?

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.

Are there any other immunisations I need to have?

When you are having your Td/ IPV and Men ACWY boosters, it’s a good idea to check with your nurse or doctor that all of your childhood immunisations are up to date for example; MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and for some people, hepatitis B.

It is particularly important to check that your MMR immunisation is up to date because some teenagers have not had two doses of MMR.


You should talk to your doctor or the immunisation nurse if you are ‘immunosuppressed’ because you are having treatment for a serious condition such as a transplant or cancer, or you have a condition that affects your immune system, such as severe primary immunodeficiency. The doctor or nurse will get specialist advice on using live vaccines.

How will I be given the Td/IPV & Men ACWYY boosters?

You will have two injections – one in each upper arm, or 2.5cm apart in the same arm. Nobody likes injections, but it is very quick. The needles used are small and you should feel only a tiny pinprick. If you are a bit nervous about having the injection, tell the nurse before you have it.

Will In need more boosters in the future?

You will probably not need further boosters of these vaccines. However, you may need extra doses of some vaccines if you are visiting certain countries. Check with the nurse at your surgery.

How many boosters do I need to have?

You need a total of five doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines to build up and keep your immunity. Details of dosage and when they should be administered can be found at Vaccinations We Offer on this web site.

What if I am ill on the day the vaccinations are being given?

If you have a minor illness without a fever, such as a cold, you should have the immunisations. If you are ill with a fever, put the immunisations off until you have recovered. This is to avoid the fever being associated with the vaccines and the vaccines increasing the fever you already have. If you have:

  • had a bleeding disorder, or
  • had convulsions (fits) not associated with fever

speak to your doctor or the immunisation nurse before having the immunisation.

Do these vaccines contain thiomersal?

The tetanus, diphtheria, polio, meningitis ACWY boosters and HPV vaccine do not contain thiomersal. Thiomersal is a mercury based preservative. For more information about thiomersal visit NHS Choices or Oxford Vaccine Group.

Are there any side effects?

It is common to get some swelling, redness or tenderness where you have the injection. Sometimes a small painless lump develops, but this usually disappears in a few weeks.

More serious effects are rare but include fever, headache, dizziness, feeling sick and swollen glands. 

If you feel unwell after the immunisation, take paracetamol or ibuprofen. Read the instructions on the bottle carefully and take the correct dose for your age. If necessary, take a second dose four to six hours later. If your temperature is still high after the second dose, speak to your GP or call the free NHS helpline 111.

It is not recommended that these medicines are given before or after vaccination in anticipation of a fever. 


Are there any reasons why I should not be immunised?

There are very few teenagers who cannot have the Td/IPV and Men ACWYY  vaccines. You should not have vaccines if you have had:

  • A confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous vaccine, or
  • A confirmed anaphylactic reaction to neomycin, streptomycin or polymyxin B (antibiotics that may be added to vaccines in very tiny amounts).

There are no other medical reasons why these vaccines should not be given. If you are worried, talk to the nurse or doctor.

Contact Us

Calderdale Immunisation Team
Brighouse Health Centre,
Lawson Road,

01484 728956*


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