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Cotham School

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Vaccination in Bristol schools ​​​​​​​

The two vaccines currently delivered to all secondary schools in Bristol are the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects girls against cervical cancer, and Meningococcal ACWY, which was introduced in 2015 to respond to the national increase of cases of Meningitis W disease, which particularly affects young people.  Both these vaccines are highly effective and will protect young people  for many years. 

Recent data published by Public Health England shows Bristol to have some of the poorest uptake for school aged immunisations in the country.  Data from 2015/16 shows Bristol to rank 146 out of 152 local authorities in England for HPV uptake (dose 1), with nearly a quarter of girls missing their first dose in Year 8.  In comparison with other Local Authorities which are statistically similar (CIPFA groups) to Bristol, uptake is clearly lower and considerably below the national averages:



(Full data sources available here:

For more information on HPV please visit:

For more information on MenACWY please visit:

For any other queries on immunisations you can contact the South West Screening and Immunisations Team on  We are also interested in any feedback or suggestions you may have on improving uptake locally.