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School Age Immunisations

  • Flu

    School Year: Reception to Year 6

    Time of year given: October to January

    This is given by nasal spray which is squirted up each nostril. 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.

  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

    School Year: 1st Dose in Year 8, 2nd Dose in Year 9

    Time of year given: January to July

    From September 2019, we're delighted to be able to offer this to boys as well as girls. It helps to protect against cervical, genital and head & neck cancers as well as genital warts.  Although of course boys can’t get cervical cancer, HPV is linked to other cancers that men can get.

    The HPV vaccination programme involves two injections, given between six months and 2 years apart.  It’s important to have both doses to be protected. The team offer catch-ups clinics for girls / young women, so if a dose has been missed or delayed, it can still be given. Any young woman under the age of 18 years can start the programme if they missed it at the appropriate age. If commenced after the age of 15 years, three doses of the vaccine are necessary.

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  • Meningococcal ACWY

    School Year: 9

    Time of year given: January to July

    Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain. One of the most serious and common causes of meningitis is by meningococcal bacteria. As well as meningitis, meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), both of which can be very serious or fatal.

    Teenagers and young adults are at higher risk of developing meningococcal disease and will be offered the vaccine that protects against four different types of Meningitis A, C, W and Y at the same time as the Teenage Booster, below.

  • Diphtheria, Tetnanus and Polio

    School Year: 9

    Time of year given: January to July

    DiphtheriaTetanus and Polio are rare now because of vaccination but they are very serious diseases. Your child will have been offered three doses as a baby and one pre-school booster. Sometimes known as the teenage booster, this should be young people’s 5th and final dose to protect them into adulthood.

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

    School Year: 10

    Time of year given: September to July

    Children should receive two doses of MMR vaccine at one year and with the pre-school booster at 3.5 years. For year 10 students, the School Immunisation Service offers a catch-up in case one or both doses were missed earlier. You can check with your GP if you are unsure if your child has had these. Measles, Mumps and Rubella are very infectious and can develop into very serious conditions.

    There are increasing numbers of measles outbreaks across the UK and the world. *Click Here* to read more.  

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