Sunday 15th January 2006 by C. Freeman
Diptheria, tetanus and polio booster (DTP) immunization will be offered to students in Year 10 during the spring term. This is given as a single injection in the arm; it contains the three vaccines and is called Revaxis.
We would like to remind parents that, for legal reasons, we are unable to give immunisations to children and young adults without written consent from parents or carers. Immunisation consent forms will be sent to parents and carers via the school.
You will get more information through the school about these immunisations nearer the time.
BCG immunisation helps protect against tuberculosis (TB). Until September 2005 BCGT immunization was offered to all students in Year 9. Research has shown that it is better only to give the BCG immunisation to people who are at high risk of getting TB. School children are at very low risk of getting the disease so the Department of Health has told us that we will no longer be giving the BCG immunisation to this group.
Things that make it more likely for people to get TB include having parents or grandparents who are from a country where there are a lot of people with TB, or having a long stay (more than a month) in a country with lots of TB.
Most people in the UK will never come across a case of TB. Using public transport and going about normal daily business will not put you or your children at increased risk of getting TB.
The Department of Health has decided that in future the BCG immunisation will only be given to babies born or living in areas where there is a lot of TB or whose parents or grandparents have the disease and unvaccinated new immigrants from countries with a lot of TB.
If you need any more information speak to your school nurse or contact the Health Protection Agency on 0116 263 1400.