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School Programme

The School immunisation programmes are organised by the local immunisation office. Please contact your local office using the contact details available from here if you have any questions.

Primary School - 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine

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

School vaccines are normally given in primary schools by HSE school vaccination teams. The HSE school vaccination programme may need to be done in a different venue or may be delayed because of Covid-19. The HSE will try to keep these changes to a minimum. In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal these vaccines are given 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 - HPV, Tdap and MenACWY vaccines

All students entering First year of secondary school in September 2020 will be offered

  • a tetanus, low dose diphtheria and low dose pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap) non live booster vaccine
  • a booster dose of the Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) non live 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
  • the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) non live vaccine, to protect against almost all cases of cervical cancer, 7 out of 10 vaginal and 5 out of 10 vulval cancer, 9 out of 10 HPV related anal cancers and 9 out of 10 cases of genital warts. Two doses of the vaccine are given usually given at 0 and 6 months

School vaccines are normally given in secondary schools by HSE school vaccination teams. The HSE school vaccination programme may need to be done in a different venue or may be delayed because of Covid-19. The HSE will try to keep these changes to a minimum. 

Learn more about the

  • Tdap school programme
  • MenACWY school programme
  • HPV school programme

In Ireland, all the recommended vaccines given in the school's immunisation programme are free.

Frequently Asked Questions to help you when filling out the school consent form

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 17th November 2020