Dear Parent Carer,
On Monday 24th January, the DTP-MenACW Vaccinations will be offered to ALL students from Year 9. If you wish for your child to have the vaccinations, consent forms are now being completed online.
Please complete the form by Sunday 16th January at midnight.
Please note: Any consents submitted after this time will not be included in the school session.
Please see below the information from the Immunisation Team
Protecting Your Children Against Meningitis and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio
Your child is being offered two vaccines in Year 9. These are the MenACWY vaccine, which helps to protect against Meningitis and Septicaemia, and the DTP booster which helps to protect against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio.
How do I give my consent?
- 1. Go to www.hdft.nhs.uk/schoolvaccinations
- 2. Enter the School Code 140867 and click “Find School”.
- 3. Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
- 4. Click the green “Submit” button.
*Once submitted, if you provide a valid email address, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. We will also email you to let you know that your child has been immunised. If your child has specific medical requirements, one of our nurses may need to get in touch before we are due to carry out the immunisations. We routinely share your child’s vaccination information with their registered GP surgery.
The deadline for online consents is 16th January 2022
Why is the Meningitis vaccine being offered?
The MenACWY vaccination helps to protect your child against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A, C, W and Y) that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These diseases are very serious.
Why is the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccine being offered?
The 3-in-1 DTP booster vaccine helps protect your child against three severe diseases; diphtheria, tetanus and polio.
Diphtheria is a serious disease that can damage the heart and nervous system.
Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms and breathing problems.
Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles.
Where can I find out more?
We hope that the information provided addresses any concerns you or your child might have about these vaccinations. By having these vaccines your child will be protecting themselves and others from very serious diseases. It is important that this letter is shared with your child.
For more information regarding the MenACWY vaccination please visit this website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/men-acwy-vaccine
For more information regarding the DTP booster vaccination please visit this website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/3-in-1-teenage-booster
For more information about our service please visit: www.hdft.nhs.uk/services/childrens-services/imms-cdurham-darlington-teesside/
If you have any questions regarding this programme, or you believe your child’s vaccination status is not up to date please contact the Childhood Immunisation Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0300 003 2554.
Childhood Immunisation Team for Durham, Darlington & Teesside