School Based Immunisation Schedule
Year 8 and 9 HPV Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer
To receive the best protection, girls are offered 2 injections. The first injection is offered in Year 8 followed by the second injection in Year 9. The vaccine to protect against cervical cancer is offered to your girls in school. This will protect her for many years to come against the commonest form of cancer.
You can talk to your School Health Nurse, your GP or practice nurse. This course of vaccinations is only available until your daughter's 18th birthday.
We now have the opportunity of helping to prevent the spread of a very serious disease that affects over 3000 women every year in the UK and causes over 1000 deaths.
Year 9 - Meningococcal ACWY vaccination and Diptheria/Polio and Tetanus vaccination
Meningococcal ACWY vaccination helps to protect your child against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A,C,W and Y) that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. Causes of meningococcal W disease ('MenW') in England have increased significantly in recent years particularly in teenagers and young adults and it is in response to this rise in cases that this vaccine is being given to this age group.
If your child has received the Men ACWY vaccine as a travel vaccine since the age of 10 they do not need an additional booster at this time. Please indicate whether they have received Men ACWY as travel vaccine on the consent form and contact your GP surgery who will be able to confirm the date it was given.
Wer are also offering the Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus vaccination (DTP) at the same time as the MEN ACWY. The National Childhood Immunisation Programme has meant that dangerous diseases such as tetanus, diptheria and polio have practically disappeared in this country. It is important that everyone keeps up their immunity so that these diseases do not return. All children need 5 doses of the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccination to build up and maintain immunity. The first three doses should have been given as a baby and the fourth at around four years old. The fifth dose is due now.
With this letter are a consent form and a leaflet about the diseases and the vaccinations which we hope you will find useful. For further information , please see www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations or Immunisations for Young People NHS booklet. You can also talk to the school nurse, school aged immunisation team, your GP or practice nurse.