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Hepatitis A vaccination offered to Ripon teens

Hepatitis A vaccination offered to Ripon teens

Published by May Norman at 12:23pm 16th July 2019.

Vaccinations against Hepatitis A offered to staff and student at a Ripon school

  • Students and staff from Outwood Academy in Ripon are to be offered Hepatitis A vaccinations ahead of the school holidays.
  • It follows an outbreak of illness at the school and in the wider community last month (June).
  • In total, there were 29 confirmed cases.
  • Whilst the number of cases continues to slow, Public Health England, North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS has decided to offer the jabs to prevent further spread of the infection.

Vaccinations against Hepatitis A are now being offered to all staff and students at Outwood Academy in Ripon.

It follows an outbreak last month (June).

The infection then spread to the wider community - with 29 cases confirmed in total.

it's thought at least 20 have been confirmed at the school.

Whilst the number of cases linked to the school continues to slow, Public Health England, North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS is offering vaccinations to staff and student at Outwood Academy.

The authorities want to prevent further spread ahead of the summer holidays.

A vaccination session will take place at Outwood Academy today.

In a letter sent parents informing them of the move, In it, it read:

"It’s important for everyone who is offered vaccination to take it up, for their individual protection and to try and prevent further spread of the infection.

However, if your child is unable to attend the above scheduled session, please do not worry as a further opportunity will be provided and we will share details of a second vaccination session in due course."

In a letter to staff and parents the school says:

"PHE is continuing to investigate and monitor the ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in Ripon.

"In order to reduce the chance of further transmission it's been recommended that hepatitis A vaccinations are offered to all our pupils and staff ahead of the school holiday."