HPV vaccinations – Year 8 and 9 Girls
Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12 and 13 years against the human papilloma virus (HPV). Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer; the HPV vaccine is also known as the cervical cancer jab. It consists of two injections - both are given in Year 8. The first one in the Autumn Term then the second one in the Spring Term. The School Health team will visit Gordon's to vaccinate the girls. Further information will be given, and parental consent will be requested prior to the start of the programme.
Final School Booster and Meningitis ACWY (DTP) – Year 9 Boys and Girls
Your child would have received vaccinations as a baby and pre-school child against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio (DTP) and Meningitis as part of the UK Routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule. When your child is in Year 9 he/she will need a booster dose of these immunisations to keep them protected. Further information will be given, and parental consent will be requested prior to the start of the immunisation.
Influenza – Residential Boarders only
The Influenza (flu) vaccine is offered free of charge to people over the age of six months who are in an ‘at risk’ group to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are in an ‘at risk’ group if you suffer from certain long-term illnesses such as Asthma or Diabetes. Students eligible for this vaccination will receive it in October or November at the West End and Chobham Medical Practice. The vaccination is given annually. This is because the flu virus continually changes and different types of flu virus circulate each winter. Further information regarding current thinking and future developments in Influenza Vaccination is available on the NHS website at www.NHS.uk.
Travel Vaccinations – Residential Boarders only
Travel vaccinations and/or Malaria prophylaxis for Full Residential and Weekly Boarders can be arranged via the Medical Centre as required. Vaccinations are generally carried out at the local GP’s surgery and incur a cost that will be charged to the student's account.
Tetanus - All Students
If your child has not been immunised against Tetanus, please arrange for this before your child joins the school.