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Secondary School Immunisation Programme has started

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/02/2024. Secondary School Immunisation Programme has startedTags: Parenting

Immunisation is one of the most effective ways of protecting your child against harmful diseases. The HSE is advising parents of first year students to make sure their child gets vaccinated through the HSE school immunisation programme this year.
Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of the HSE National Immunisation Office, explained, “First year students in secondary school are now bringing home immunisation consent packs. We ask parents to keep an eye out and check their child’s school bag if needed. A simple form needs to be completed and returned to the school as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out.
“You will be asked to provide details about your child, like their date of birth and contact details. You will also be asked some questions about your child’s health and their vaccination history. Don’t forget to complete the consent box.
“When the completed form is sent back to the school your child will receive their vaccination when the HSE vaccination team visits.”
There are three vaccines offered free of charge through the schools programme:
1.     Tetanus, booster vaccine, (Tdap) - this vaccine protects your child from developing diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. 
2.     Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) booster vaccine - this protects your child from potentially life-threatening meningococcal (meningitis and septicaemia) group A, C, W and Y infection.
3.     HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine - the protects against almost all cases of cervical cancer, 7 out of 10 vaginal and 5 out of 10 vulval cancers, 9 out of 10 HPV related anal cancers and 9 out of 10 cases of genital warts.
Dr Jessop continued, “It is safe to receive all three vaccines at once.  Vaccination is vitally important to protect children from preventable diseases such as whooping cough and meningitis amongst others. We know that meningitis can become very serious very quickly. We also know that HPV causes 1 in 20 cancers worldwide.
“The majority of vaccines will be given on school premises but if this isn’t possible, the HSE will invite students and their parents to a local clinic. These vaccines are also available to students who are in special schools or are home schooled in the same age group.’’ For more information about the different vaccines and the school programmes visit the HSE website here or visit

Parent consent packs
Parents should check their child’s school bag for the HSE consent pack. Each pack contains:

  • a letter from the National Immunisation Office
  • information about the vaccines your child will be offered
  • a consent form and
  • an envelope.
    After reading the information, parents should complete the consent form and put it in the envelope provided and send it back to the school. The school team will check the consent forms and contact the parent if they have any questions.
    Parents can also speak to their local immunisation team if they have questions or review the schools immunisation frequently asked questions document.
    The information provided in each child’s consent form will be added to the HSE School Immunisation System. Parents can read about this in the Statement of Information Practice. 

    Source: HSE Press Office


    Aine kenny

    (02/05/2024 19:27)

    I wonder can you tell me what happens in cases of children who have joint custody both parents need to sign the consent form
    Thanks for your help

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