Somerset SAINT are the School Aged Immunisation Nursing Team – a dedicated team of qualified nurses and immunisation support staff who deliver all school aged immunisations to eligible children, including home educated children, through school based sessions or community clinics.

Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come in contact with them. Vaccines have been used so successfully in the UK, diseases such as Polio have been eradicated in this country.

The team deliver the routine national immunisation programme to protect children, young people and their communities against:

  • Flu – For children in Reception to Year 7. This is a seasonal vaccination which is delivered in the autumn term. It is usually administered nasally to protect children and their local communities.
  • HPV – The HPV vaccine helps protect your child from being infected by the human papillomavirus, which can cause cancers and genital warts. The programme consists of 2 injections, the first is delivered in Year 8 and the second in Year 9.
  • Men ACWY – This vaccination protects against Meningococcal disease strains A, C, W, Y, which cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and blood poisoning (septicaemia). It is currently being offered to young people in Year 9.
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (Td/IPV) – This vaccination is offered at the same time as Men ACWY in Year 9.

You can find out more about the routine national immunisation programme on the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust website

Parents of eligible children will be contacted by their school, and asked to complete an online consent form for each vaccination. This needs to be completed even if you do not wish your child to receive the vaccination. Children and young people who are not educated in a school setting will be contacted by letter, and invited to attend a community clinic.

If your child is eligible for the above vaccinations and has missed them for any reason you can also bring them to one of our community clinics.

To book an appointment please contact Somerset SAINT on 0300 323 0032.

If you are not sure which immunisations your child should have received please see the vaccination age checklist.

To check your child’s immunisation status, please contact your GP who will be able to check your child’s records.

You can expect the School Aged Immunisation Team to:

  • Give your children and young people the best possible care whilst delivering their vaccinations – treating them with dignity and patience.
  • Make the experience as positive as possible – we are aware that this may be the first time your child or young person may have accessed health care without a parent or guardians support.
  • Support anxious children, offering individual support either in school or a community clinic.
  • Ensure every eligible child or young person across Somerset is offered the vaccinations they are eligible for.

If your child needs additional support at a session, please let us know.