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TDP/MENACWY Vaccinations

5th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

The national childhood immunisation programme has meant that many dangerous diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and polio (Td/IPV) have practically disappeared in the UK. Unfortunately, this is not the same for all countries and cases of these diseases continue to be seen worldwide, including in Europe. Similarly, immunisations for Meningitis (Men) have drastically reduced the number of people contracting these serious infections. Therefore, it is important that we continue to immunise our children and teenagers in order to maintain the high level of protection found in the UK.

Students in Year 9 will be offered their 5th dose of Tetanus, diphtheria and inactivated Polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY) on Tuesday 24th March. These immunisations are given by a team of school health nurses.

Men ACWY
Teenagers require one dose of Meningitis ACWY vaccination. It gives protection against four strains of meningitis and will be given at the same time as the Td/IPV.

Td/IPV
Young people need a total of five doses of Td/IPV vaccine following the UK schedule to build up and keep their immunity. Four doses are given to children before they start primary school:

  • The first three doses as a baby
  • The fourth dose at 3 years 4 months or soon after
  • The fifth dose is due now

Consent to vaccinate your daughter is now via an online consent form using the unique school code OX123294 by 23rd March. We will no longer be sending out paper consent forms, so it is important that you complete the form online so that your daughter is able to receive their vaccination.

Important parent/carer information
Please read the leaflet available here which explains the vaccination programme. If you require a hard copy, please contact your School Health Nurse Office. It is important that you read this leaflet carefully so that you are fully informed to provide consent for your daughter to receive the vaccination.

If your daughter is unable to receive his or her immunisation due to absence or for another reason, a catch-up session will be arranged in school and you will be advised of this date.

Declining the offer of vaccination – Please complete and submit your consent form.
If you decide you do not want your daughter to receive either of the Vaccinations, please complete and submit the consent form. If you would like to share why you do not want your daughter to receive the vaccine, this will help us plan and improve the service.

Withdrawing Consent
If you have consented for your daughter to be vaccinated and subsequently wish to withdraw this consent please inform your School Health Nurse Office by telephone and by email.

If you or your daughter have any concerns or wish to discuss this important immunisation with a school health nurse, please telephone your School Health Nurse Office.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your School Health Nurse Office.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Singleton
Immunisation Team Lead

Your School Health Nurse Office Contact DetailsĀ (on the day of vaccination please call the mobile number)
School Nurse Office Base School Nurse Team Office Phone Number
EOHC, 1 Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1XD Kate Corti

07789397996

Tel: 01865 904225

 

Email: ImmunisationTeam@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

For non-urgent enquiries. This mailbox is checked weekly.