Vaccine Information for Parents/Guardians of Children Starting Secondary School in 2020

The following document contains information on vaccines for parents and guardians of children starting post-primary education in September 2020.

2020 HSE Vaccines in Post Primary Schools

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 and 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
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:

Contact Information

Unit 6 -Building 125,
OMNI Shopping Centre,
Santry, Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (1) 862 3346