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

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

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 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. The licensed documents for each vaccines the Summary of Product Characteristcs and the Patient Information Leaflet are available here

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 13 August 2018