Dr Hilary Salmond, head of school, St Helen’s Grammar School, Glasgow
The most recent safeguard/protection strategy provides the highest level of protection for vulnerable children.
There are three options available: Choose a vaccine at your school; use a very early guardian; or have a long term guardian. If you don’t choose the vaccination, you can use one of the names from this advice.
A COVID-19 vaccine protects children from four different types of Salmonella bacteria: shigella, tetanus toxoid, diphtheria toxoid and cholera toxoid. Children with weakened immune systems are advised to have this vaccine before the age of nine. Children who are up to 19 months old can receive one vaccine at once.
Choosing a vaccine at your school: Your school will issue an application form if you are applying for an immunisation scheme. Give this to your child’s teacher or nurse when you return from holiday.
Choosing a guardian: You may apply to be a guardian for your child to receive the vaccine. The police will not tolerate a person who has given false identity to obtain an immunisation scheme.
Using an early guardian: An early guardian refers to a person who is immunised and protected for life, who could provide immunisation for your child.
Having a long term guardian: A long term guardian has a sustained role in the care of your child.
Where I apply for immunisation I: If you are choosing the vaccine at your school you will pay for the vaccine through the uniform money. We use the age-related fee (i.e. 10p for a dose for 11 months, 50p for 12 months and £1.00 for 13 months). The health board will pay for a long term guardian, but you will not have to pay for the vaccine.
When I get it I: You will receive the vaccine from the nurse in your school. It is only given at the GP surgery if the child has been to have any treatment for a respiratory condition or seizure disorder.
How is it administered? Once you have been immunised it must be immediately given to the child.
How does the vaccination work? The vaccine contains a large protein that acts as a shield for the mouth, which allows salmonella bacteria to be eliminated.
Is my child more likely to get salmonella if I haven’t received the vaccine? No – parents are advised to go into GP surgeries at two or three times a year so that if their child has not had the vaccine they will be immunised.
What happens if my child comes across a patient with salmonella? The person is likely to be extremely unwell and so it is advisable to see the GP who can recommend the use of antibiotics.
When is my child’s first meal after vaccination? If it is more than three weeks after receiving the vaccination, take your child to school and bring them back home.