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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination

10 Aug 2020

Update 28 August from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Community Immunisation Service

Changes to the school aged immunisation programme 20-21

Due to recent change in public health guidance, we are now needing to offer all year 7 students the flu vaccine this year. The government’s priorities have changed therefore, all HPV vaccinations are being postponed until 2021. Although the dates have been postponed, please encourage parents to complete the HPV consent form but do reassure them that this delay will not have any detrimental effect.

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Dear Young Person and Parent / Carer,

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to protect against various cancers

As part of the national vaccination programme, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Community Immunisation Service would like to offer to all young people in school year 8 (aged 12 to 13 years) the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in school.

From 2019-20 both boys and girls in school year 8 are eligible for the HPV vaccine. The vaccination offers protection against high risk HPV strains, including 16 and 18, which can cause cervical cancer and are linked to various cancers that can affect men. The vaccination also protects against HPV types 6 and 11 which are responsible for infections.

It is important to receive the vaccinations at this age as it gives the best protection during the teenage years and beyond.

The vaccination will be given in school on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

To be given the vaccination in school you need to complete an ONLINE consent form by visiting: https://www.leicsandrutlandimms.co.uk/Forms/HPV

You will need a code for your school. For Ibstock Community College the code is LE138721

Top tip: Ensure that the email addresses match and that there are no spaces or punctuation before or after the email address and the school code.

You will need to fully complete the consent form as soon as possible of receiving this letter. Please ensure you complete the consent form before Monday 7 September 2020.

If you are unable to complete this online, please ring us to complete this over the phone on 0300 300 0007 (select option 1 then option 4).

The HPV vaccination is a two dose course and will be given as an injection in the upper arm, given 6 to 12 months apart. To read the patient information leaflet about the HPV vaccination, visit: www.tiny.cc/hpvleaflet

For information about the national vaccination programme, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations

The team offer the vaccination in schools. We are working closely with your child’s school to ensure that all appropriate Covid safety measures are in place to ensure the safe delivery of the vaccine. If a family member you live with is self-isolating or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below on the day of the session then please do not attend.

 High temperature – you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back

 A new continuous cough – this means you have started coughing repeatedly.

 A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you are absent on the day, an additional opportunity will be made available for the vaccination. Please note this vaccine will not be routinely offered by your GP.

We recognise that an alternative venue may need to be offered if we are unable to fully complete the vaccination session in school. The service will ensure that you are kept fully informed should this be the case.

You can watch a short animation which explains the facts about the HPV vaccine by visiting: www.healthforteens.co.uk/health/immunisation The website is also a wonderful resource for young people aged between 11-16 years and offers health advice through interesting articles, films and interactive content.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss any additional support that may be required during the vaccination you can contact the team, by telephone: 0300 300 0007, or by e-mail: communityimms@leicspart.nhs.uk

Yours faithfully,

Dr Tim Davies Consultant, Lead for Screening and Immunisation - NHS England and NHS Improvement

Suzanne Leatherland, Immunisation Service Manager – Midlands Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

NOTES ON COMPLETING THE ONLINE CONSENT FORM

Visit: www.leicsandrutlandimms.co.uk/Forms/HPV

Enter and confirm your email address

Enter your school code: LE138721 and click find school. Your school name should appear.

Top tip: Ensure that the email addresses match and that there are no spaces or punctuation before or after the email address and school code.

PART 1: Patient Information and Contact Details

PART 2: Medical History Complete the questions regarding vaccination history and any support required during vaccination.

PART 3: Consent Declaration Complete this to give consent to the full course of HPV vaccinations.

The young person may be able to consent for themselves to have this vaccination without your agreement and health professionals will assess their ability to make an informed decision.

Sharing information: After the vaccination at school, a notification will be provided and the information will be added to the young person’s NHS health records.

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