The HSE operates a schools programme which can include:
- A vaccination programme against the childhood illnesses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningitis C;
- An eyesight and hearing test;
- A referral arrangement to the schools dental service; and
- A basic medical examination for each pupil around the time of the start of their school career.
No examination ever takes place without the prior written consent of parents. Consultations with school medical personnel can be arranged at the time of the doctor’s visit to the school.