SAINT Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination 2019/20

You have been sent to this consent website as your child is due to receive their HPV vaccination from the Somerset SAINT (School-Aged Immunisation Nursing Team).

From September 2019, the HPV vaccine is being offered to boys as well as girls. The first dose of HPV vaccine is universally offered as routine in year 8, the second dose is offered 6-12 months after the first. It is important to have both doses to be protected.

The vaccination is free and recommended for young people to protect them against the human papilloma virus which increases the risk of developing some cancers later in life, such as cervical cancer, some mouth and throat cancers and some cancers of the anus and genital areas.

Read more about the HPV vaccination.

If you have any questions read our FAQs below.


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Get to know your Somerset Partnership

At Somerset Partnership we provide a wide range of community health, mental health and learning disability services, across the area of Somerset. Our services are provided to all age ranges, including children and young people.

As well as our school immunisation service, we run the integrated therapies service for children and young people needing speech and language therapy, physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

Our trust also provides child and adolescent mental health services for patients needing help with anxiety or depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and other mental health problems. We work with teachers, school staff and parents to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in secondary schools in Somerset.

For more information about these services please go to our website: www.sompar.nhs.uk

Our trust also runs the counties minor injuries units (MIU) which treat adults, children and young people. For more information about the kind of injuries and illnesses treated, and more information about X-ray facilities go to www.sompar.nhs.uk and follow the link to our MIUs.

Paperless for the planet

We believe in protecting the environment and this is a clear way to reduce the use of paper.

No paper means no risk of lost forms with personal data on them. The digital consent forms are quick to fill in and can be processed more efficiently than paper forms.

Consent made simple

Digital consents are processed efficiently and confidentially.

You will receive a confirmation email when you complete your consent which will allow you to download a copy of the consent form for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

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  • Can I take my child to the GP for their vaccination?

    Generally all school aged vaccinations are provided by the school immunisation team. The GP’s can vaccinate in certain circumstances, but usually only if the child has missed their vaccinations after the school year it was due.

    Occasionally, the team may request that vaccinations are given by the GP if it is thought to be more suitable.

  • What happens if I have missed the 'consent cut off date' but still want my child to be vaccinated?

    Whenever possible the team will provide a second vaccination opportunity, either in school or a community clinic. Please contact the team directly for further information.

  • What if I change my mind about my child having their vaccination after I have submitted consent?

    It is important that you contact the Immunisation Team immediately and speak to a member of staff. We also advise that you contact the school if the vaccination session is planned within the next 72 hours .

  • What if my child does not attend school?

    The team will be happy to see your child in one of our community clinics. Please contact the team to discuss your requirements.

  • What if my child has a medical condition?

    There are very few children that cannot receive their vaccinations.

    However, if your child has a medical condition, it is possible that we will ask you or your child’s GP or consultant for further information to ensure it is safe for them to receive the vaccination at the current time.

  • What if my child is unwell following their vaccination?

    All vaccines can cause side effects but studies suggest they are generally mild and soon settle. Some people may experience:

    • swelling
    • redness
    • tenderness
    • development of a small lump at the injection site
    • feeling or being sick
    • headaches
    • tiredness.

    If you are worried about your child you can telephone 111 for non-urgent medical advice or contact your GP practice. In an emergency please telephone 999. Further advice can be found at: www.nhs.uk.

    Call 111 for non-urgent medical advice and 999 in an emergency.

    Our team report any post vaccination side effects that we are aware of, so please contact the Immunisation Team if you feel that we need to report any reactions experienced by your child.

  • What if my child is unwell on the day of the vaccination?

    Vaccinations can safely be given as long as the child is not systemically unwell.

    If your child is not well enough to attend school, then our team will make arrangements to see them next time we visit. Generally if they are well enough to be in school, they are usually well enough to be vaccinated.

    However, if your child is recovering from a chronic illness or recent infection, the nurse may decide to defer the vaccination until they are fully recovered. This is to ensure that any subsequent changes in their health are not wrongly attributed to the vaccination.

  • Where can I find out more information about vaccinations?

    You can find further information on the NHS choices website.

    Alternatively, you can speak to your GP, practice nurse or a member of the immunisation team.

  • Why do you need previous vaccination dates?

    We only ask for this information if it is needed to ensure the correct intervals between vaccinations. Please note that we do not have access to your child’s GP records, so we may not be aware of their previous vaccination date unless you advise us.

  • I missed my vaccination, can I still have it?

    Yes. If you missed either of your vaccinations at school, you can have them up to your 25th birthday. Contact your school nurse or GP practice as soon as possible.

  • What difference has the HPV vaccine made so far?

    Over 80 million people have received the vaccine worldwide. In time it is expected that the vaccine will save hundreds of lives every year in the UK. A recent Scottish study has already shown a 71% reduction in pre-cancerous cervical disease in young women.

    Since the start of the vaccination programme in the UK there has been a big decline in the number of young people with genital warts.

  • What if I have not had my first HPV vaccine by the age of 15?

    If you have not had any HPV vaccine before you are 15 years old you will need three doses. This is because the response to two doses in older girls and boys is not as good.

    The second dose will be given around a month after the first dose, and a final dose is given around six months after the first dose. If you have missed your vaccine you should speak to the immunisation team or your GP practice about making an appointment as soon as possible.

  • Do I get a copy of my consent form?

    Once you have submitted the consent you will receive an email to let you know we have received it. This email contains a link which allows you to download the consent form for your records. Please check your spam/junk folder if you don't receive it.

  • How do I raise a technical support request?

    Please email us on support@riviam.zendesk.com. Please don't put any personal details in as this email is not for clinical issues.

  • What if I require the information in a different format?

    Please contact the immunisation team who will be able to assist.

Get in touch for more answers

If you still have questions about our service or immunisations, please get in touch with us using the information below.

Email us using somersetsaint@sompar.nhs.uk or call us on 0300 323 0032

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