MMR information

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There is another chance for teenagers to get their MMR and HPV vaccine in the summer term if they have previously missed out.

MMR

Ten per cent of secondary school pupils in Lothian have not had the second dose of the MMR vaccine meaning they are at risk from Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

In Lothian there has been a recent outbreak of mumps, a contagious viral infection with symptoms including fever, headache and swelling of one or both cheeks or sides of the jaw. Common complications include inflammation of the testes (1 in 4 adult males) and meningitis (1 in 7 cases) with less common complications including hearing loss and inflammation of the pancreas.

Children with mumps will need to stay off school for at least five days.

The NHS Lothian school nurse team will be sending letters to pupils due to be vaccinated. Please read this and discuss vaccination with you parents, carer or guardian.

HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, given to girls in S1 and S2, protects against cervical cancer.

This vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that cause 75% of the cases of cervical cancer, but uptake of this vaccine in Lothian has not been all that high. It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective.  So, you should have all the required doses as soon as they are offered at secondary school.

If you receive a consent form, make sure you discuss it with your parents, carer or guardian and return the form to your school.

More information about these vaccinations can be found on the Immunisation Scotland website.  Or you can call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, every day).

Message from Darrin Nightingale – Head of Education

Dear Parent/Carer

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on detailed guidance that supports parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.    This Act is a new law that will give children, young people and their families extra support and will encourage everyone to talk about children’s wellbeing using the same words.   The consultation on the guidance is due to run until 1 May, 2015.    It is mainly aimed at the people who support your child – including parents’ organisations – but individual parents are welcome to get involved if they wish.   You can take part in the consultation via this link: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/02/1851

A short leaflet has been produced about the consultation, inviting parents to get involved if they wish and letting them know a bit more about GIRFEC and the Act.

The leaflet is available as a pdf  on The Scottish Government’s  website

Link to leaflet pdf:    http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00469648.pdf

The Scottish Government are planning further information and communications with parents over the next year running up to implementation of the GIRFEC provisions of the Act and we will let you know about these in due course.

Darrin J Nightingale

Head of Education

S3 Work Experience 2015

S3 work experience self-found applications deadline Wednesday 1st April.  All students who have found their own work experience placement must hand in the completed employers form by Wednesday 1st April at the latest.  Full details about work experience and a copy of the form are available in the notices of 19 January, choose S3 in the filter box to access this easily.