September 2016

When your child is in 1st year of second level school, they will get a tetanus and low-dose diphtheria and pertussis booster vaccine.

This vaccine is given by a HSE doctor or nurse to students in first year of second level school in the school.

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 listed in the schools immunisation programme are free.


The following information materials are available for parents of children in First Year of primary schools.

Information booklet

Consent form

Post Vaccination Advice

The vaccine used in the school programme is called Boostrix. It is manufactured by GSK. Please read Boostrix - Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and Boostrix Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for more information about the vaccine.


For further information please visit the following


If you have any other queries please contact the schools immunisation programme office in your area. The contact phone numbers are available here in English and Irish.

The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.

Click on the link you require to download the document.

 This page was updated on 27 October 2016