Immunisation for secondary school students
Why do secondary school students need immunisation?
The protection provided by some childhood vaccines fades and needs to be boosted in adolescence.
Adolescents are at an age when they have a higher potential to be exposed to certain diseases. Vaccination against these diseases is an effective way of providing protection.
These vaccines are administered at school following consent.
Vaccines which are offered
The following vaccines are offered free to all children in secondary school regardless of their citizenship status:
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
From 2018 Year 7 students are scheduled to receive two doses of HPV vaccine. This vaccine differs from the previous years HPV vaccine as it will offer protection from nine different strains of HPV in two doses (up from four strains in three doses). Students are given two injections with six months between doses. Find out more about Human Papillomavirus vaccine.
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
This vaccine boosts protection against these three diseases in a single injection. Your child will have been vaccinated against these diseases in early childhood but an adolescent dose is recommended to boost protection. Find out more about diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.
Vaccine will also be available at Council sessions for all year 7 or equivalent aged children.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine
In 2017 The Department of Health and Human Services announced a Meningococcal W immunisation program for 15-19 year olds. This program has been extended as a Year 10 (or age equivalent) program in 2018. Find out more about the Government-funded Meningococcal W vaccination program.
The Meningococcal W-containing vaccine is a single dose four-in-one combined vaccine for protection against meningococcal A, C, W and Y.
Many in this age group will have had a previous dose of meningococcal C when they were very young. This four-in-one vaccine will boost adolescents with the C strain they had as a baby and also protect them against the W, A and Y strains..
Vaccine will also be available at Council immunisation sessions for all year 10 or equivalent aged children.
Immunisation schedule 2017
12-13 years or Year 7 at secondary school
Year 10 at secondary school
How to access the service
Council's immunisation service conducts 2-3 free immunisation sessions at all secondary schools in Moreland each year.
At the start of each year, or during enrolment, the school distributes an Immunisation Consent Form to all students for a parent or guardian to sign.
Read the information, tear off and complete the consent form, both outside and inside, and return it to the school as soon as possible.
If you do not want your child to be vaccinated you still need to complete and return the form.
You may choose to access these vaccines at a local council session or at the GP rather than through the school program. If this is the case please ensure you return the consent card so that we are aware. There is space on the form for you to decline the vaccines for your child through the school program.
If you consent yes, explain to your child that immunisation is important and everyone must have these vaccines for protection against disease. Find out how to explain the importance of immunisation to your child.
On the day of the immunisation, encourage your child to eat breakfast and to wear loose clothing so that the upper arm below the shoulder is easily seen.
If a student is absent for a school immunisation session, a letter will be sent to their home address advising how to access the missed vaccine(s).
If you have any questions, contact Council's immunisation service on 9240 1111.
Catch up immunisation
We are only able to administer school vaccines in the school setting. We cannot administer other vaccines at school.
If you have received a letter from Centrelink stating your high school aged child is not up to date or you are aware your child is not currently up to date with their childhood immunisations we are able to complete these at a Council immunisation session.
You may choose to complete all immunisations due at this time at an immunisation session, rather than splitting them between school and a Council session.
What if I prefer my child to have their vaccines elsewhere?
You can bring your child to a Council immunisation session or to your doctor to receive these vaccines for free.
The vaccines are only available for free at the equivalent year level age that the vaccine is offered at school or in a catch up situation.
Some vaccines may need to be ordered in advance for your child so inform your doctor of the vaccine you want when you arrange the appointment. While the vaccines are free your doctor may charge a consulting fee.
Please ensure you still return the consent card distributed at school with the decline box checked.