Children need to get booster doses of some vaccines in school to protect them against these diseases.
When your child is aged 4 to 5 years, they will get two vaccines:
- The 4 in 1 booster to protect against diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis); and
- a second dose of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.
These vaccines are usually given by a HSE doctor or nurse in primary school to Junior Infants, or in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal by your GP.
Learn more about the 4 in 1 and MMR school programme
Second Level School
All students in their first year of second level school they be offered a tetanus and low-dose diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine.
This vaccine is usually given by a HSE doctor or nurse to students in first year of second level school in the school or sometimes at HSE clinics.
Learn more about Tdap school programme
All students in first year of second level schools will be offered a booster dose of the Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine. The Meningococcal C (MenC) booster vaccine is given to protect teenagers up to and including early adulthood from life threatening meningococcal group C (MenC) infection.
This vaccine is given by a HSE doctor or nurse to students in first year of second level school in the school or sometimes at HSE clinics.
Learn more about the MenC school programme.
When your daughter is in her first year of second level school, (about 12 years of age) she will be offered the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine, to protect against cervical cancer.
- 2 doses of the vaccine are given at 0 and 6 months
- Girls over 15 years of age need 3 doses of HPV vaccine
This vaccine is usually given by a HSE doctor or nurse to girls in first year of second level school in the school or sometimes at HSE clinics.
Learn more about HPV school programme
When these vaccines are given in school the HSE will let you know the date of immunisations. If a student misses that immunisation in school, the HSE will arrange for the student to be vaccinated at a HSE clinic.
In Ireland, all the recommended childhood vaccines given in the schools immunisation programme are free.
Frequently Asked Questions about completing the school consent forms are available to view here. These questions are the most common queries we receive about the consent forms for the school programme.
This page was updated on 16/08/2016