School Programme

The HSE school vaccination teams have started contacting parents and guardians to offer vaccination appointments to students who are due 4 in 1 and MMR (Junior Infants) and HPV and MenACWY (1st year students) vaccines.

Primary School

Children need to get booster doses of some vaccines in school to protect them against these diseases.

When your child is in Junior Infants, they will be offered 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

6th class information for the second level school programme

Information about the vaccines that will be offered to first year students in secondary schools in the 2020/2021 academic year. English and Irish

Second Level School

All students entering First year of secondary school in September 2019 will be offered a tetanus, low dose diphtheria and low dose pertussis (whooping cough) (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 entering First year of secondary school in September 2019 will be offered a booster dose of the Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine. The Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) booster vaccine is given to protect teenagers up to and including early adulthood from life threatening meningococcal group A, C, W and Y (MenACWY) 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 MenACWY school programme.

 

All students entering First year of secondary school in September 2019 will be offered the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine, to protect against almost all cases of cervical cancer, 9 out of 10 vaginal and 8 out of 10 vulval cancer, 9 out of 10 HPV related anal cancers and 9 out of 10 cases of genital warts.

  • 2 doses of the vaccine are given at 0 and 6 months
  • Anyone over 15 years of age need 3 doses of HPV 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 HPV school programme

 

The HSE will inform you of the date of the 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. 

Schools Immunisation System- Statement of Information Practice (updated October 2019)

Information for HSE School Vaccination Teams

We have a dedicated page for HSE school teams including links to

This page was updated on 15 June 2020