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Vaccinations for school age children

Vaccinations help protect against potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK. They start when a baby is 8 weeks old and are completed by the time they are 18.

You will usually receive a letter telling you when vaccinations are due, but you can make sure you are up to date by checking NHS Choices or by calling your local GP surgery.

Here is a list of some of the vaccinations available:

HPV for Girls

Who:

All girls can get the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, free from the NHS from the age of 12 up to their 18th birthday. It helps protect them against cervical cancer, which is the most common cancer in women under 35 in the UK, and genital warts. HPV is very common and can be caught through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it. The HPV vaccine works best if girls get it before they come into contact with HPV - in other words, before they become sexually active. The vaccine provides ‘herd immunity’ therefore it indirectly protects boys from HPV. HPV vaccination doesn’t protect against other infections spread during sex, such as chlamydia, and it won’t stop girls getting pregnant, so it’s still very important to practice safe sex.

When:

This vaccine, in to the upper arm, is offered in Lincolnshire Schools in September (first dose)and between April-June (second dose) each academic year, for Year 8 students aged 12 to 13 years. It’s important to have both doses to be protected. Girls who get their first vaccination dose over the age of 15 will need to have 3 injections.

Where:

Schools

Meningitis ACWY

Who:

Older teenagers and new university students who are at higher risk of infection because of mixing closely with lots of new people.

This single injection into the upper arm which protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. The vaccine contains only the sugar coating found on the surface of the four groups of meningococcal bacteria. It works by triggering the body’s immune system to develop antibodies against these sugar coatings without causing disease.

With early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment, most people with meningococcal disease make a full recovery. But one in three teenagers with Men W have died as a result of the disease. Those who recover can be left with serious long-term health problems, such as amputation, deafness, blindness, epilepsy and learning difficulties.

When:

Year 9 students are offered this in school between January & March each academic year alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.

  • Teenagers and “fresher” students going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students, are advised to have a vaccination by their GP (at any time of year) or as soon as they can after they arrive.
  • In addition, anyone born on or after September 1st 1996 who missed their routine school vaccination in school years 9 and 10 or the catch-up MenACWY vaccination can get the vaccine from their GP up to their 25th birthday. Anyone who is eligible for the MenACWY vaccine should have it, even if they’ve previously had the Men C vaccine.

Where

Schools and GP surgery

3-in-1 teenage booster (Td/IPV vaccine)

Who:

Free from the NHS for all young people aged 14, this is a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm, to boost protection against 3 separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. As with all vaccines, some minor side effects, such as swelling, redness or tenderness where the injection is given may occur and sometimes a small painless lump develops, which usually disappears in a few weeks.

When:

At secondary school (in school year 9) at the same time as the MenACWY vaccine. Parents will be sent a letter from their child’s school shortly before the vaccinations are planned to ask for their or their child’s consent. Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they’re in an eligible school age group.

Where:

Secondary Schools.

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Last updated: 22 February 2018

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