There are three vaccines offered to protect your child from infectious diseases:
HPV vaccine which protects against the HPV virus which can cause cancer and genital warts
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine which protects against four types of meningitis (inflammation of the lining around the brain) and/or septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal disease
Tdap vaccine which protects against:
tetanus (tetanus toxin can cause painful muscle spasms and convulsions)
diphtheria (bacteria that can cause a sore throat and severe breathing difficulties) and
pertussis (also known as whooping cough)
Visit www.hpv.ie and www.immunisation.ie for a wide range of information, including videos and factsheets about the vaccines.
You can also find links to the patient information leaflets for the vaccines used in the programme at www.immunisation.ie.
If you have any further questions, please talk to a member of your HSE school immunisation team. Details are available at the HSE Local Immunisation webpage: http://bit.ly/SchoolLHO