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Immunisation in Schools

Young people aged 14 to 15 years people will be offered the following vaccines either in school year 9 or from their GP. If they live in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area these vaccinations will only be available from their GP. 

  • 3 in 1 Teenage booster vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria and polio (Td/IPV)) The Td/IPV vaccine completes the 5 dose course that provides complete protection against tetanus, diphtheria and polio. 

  • Meningitis ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against meningitis and septicaemia caused by four groups of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y. 

  • Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect children against measles, mumps and rubella. Teenagers who have not had two doses of the vaccine may be offered the vaccine during their routine teenage immunisations at school. 

All young people (boys and girls) in Year 8 throughout Wales will be offered: 

  • HPV vaccination (HPV). This vaccine helps protect boys and girls from HPV-related cancers, which affect the head and neck, cervix (in females) and anogenital area. 

All children in primary school aged 4-10 will be offered: 

  • Nasal flu vaccination  

Other Immunisations 

Young people with some medical conditions (for example diabetes, asthma) may also be offered flu and pneumococcal immunisations at their GP practice.

Information Resources

3 in 1 Teenage booster vaccine (school year 9)
  • Protection against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Polio leaflet :-  Eng/Cym [PHW, October 2020]

MenACWY vaccine (school year 9)
  • Protect yourself against meningitis and septicaemia leaflet :- Eng/Cym [PHW: March 2021]  
MMR vaccine 
  • Are you protected from measles, mumps and rubella? :- Eng/Cym [PHW: Nov 2018] 
HPV vaccine (school year 8 and 9) 
  • Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer leaflet :- Eng/Cym [PHW, October 2020] 
  • HPV Vaccination: Protect yourself from cancers caused by HPV. An Easy Read leaflet :- English/Cym [PHW, January 2020] 
  • HPV adolescent vaccination programme [PHW: September 2019] HPV vaccination factsheet : information for health professionals, parents and young people Eng/Cym [PHW: Dec 2019] 

Flu vaccine for children  

For information on the flu vaccination for children visit: Beat Flu

Further Information

For more information on vaccinations visit: NHS 111 

Measles in Wales 2019/20 (infographic on MMR vaccination in schools) English/Cymraeg  [PHW: April 2021] 

Vaccines and young people (infographic) English/Cymraeg [PHW: Oct 2018]

Attitudes to Adolescent Vaccination 2019 report [BMG Research: 2019]

This report outlines the findings from the Attitudes to Adolescent Vaccination 2019  survey undertaken on behalf of PHW in the summer of 2019 to achieve a greater understanding of the awareness that teenagers aged 13-15 and their parents have about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases

 Moving the needle report.  [RSPH: Dec 2018]

Looks at the importance of vaccination through childhood, working-age adulthood, and later life, and explores the barriers to uptake at different stages of the life course.