Any confidential medical information held on your child is passed on from the child's previous school. Pupil records (data checks) are sent home early in the session and parents are asked to check and amend or update this information which is made available to teaching staff.
Information regarding immunisation is available from the Immunisation Scotland website.
Although pupils are normally immunised against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, and may still have some protection, you still need a Td/IPV booster to complete your routine immunisations and give you longer-term protection. Teenagers should also have had two doses of the MMR vaccine to ensure they are protected.
Immunisation programmes are arranged through NHS Heath Scotland and nurses arrange a suitable day to carry out the immunisation in school, the programme normally includes:
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – usually in S1
Helps protect against measles, mumps and rubella. This is offered to teenagers that have not had two doses of the vaccine.
Td/IPV vaccine - usually in S3
Helps protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio.
MenACWY Vaccine - usually in S3
Helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y.
Is offered to all girls and helps protect against cervical cancer, normally given in two doses one in S1 and one in S2 however catch-up doses are offered to girls further up the school for those who missed the original session.
Booklets from Immunisation Scotland containing more information:
A guide to teenage immunisations
An overview of the routine immunisations offered to teenagers to help protect them from serious diseases.
A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
An overview of the HPV immunisation offered to teenagers to help protect them from cervical cancer.
What to expect after immunisation
Important information for young people and their parents about what to expect immediately after an immunisation