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Vaccinations for older children

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At 11, your child will be due for a booster doses of tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). At this visit your child will also be offered a free vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). If they have not been vaccinated against chickenpox (varicella), or had chickenpox, they will also be offered this vaccination. The vaccines are all available at your general practice, and the practice nurse can give them.

HPV immunisation (Gardasil) protects against several types of HPV, which can cause cervical cancer, other cancers, or genital warts. It is available to all children and young adults aged from 9 to 26.

A school-based programme is also available during year 8. This is offered to all year 8 children at participating schools. Consent forms for the school-based HPV programmes are sent to parents at the beginning of term 1. If you want your child to take advantage of this programme, you will need to return the completed form to the school.

These videos tell year 7 and 8 children about the vaccinations.

This video is for parents and has information about HPV and cervical cancer.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2017. Last updated August 2018.

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