Immunisation helps protect our communities from a wide range of illnesses.
The NHS Lothian school nurse team carry out an annual immunisation programme, which includes:
The teenage booster to ensure protection from tetanus, diphtheria and polio – will be offered to pupils in S3 during March 2015. Pupils will also be offered the MenC booster at this time to protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal group C bacteria
The HPV vaccine for girls aged 11 to 13 to protect against cervical cancer – will be offered to girls in S1 and S2 in January 2015.
The MMR vaccine for those who did not start or complete the two doses required in childhood is also offered to pupils.