Changes to delivery of the secondary school vaccine program 

Our immunisation team visit secondary schools twice a year to immunise year 7 and 10 school students as part of the National Immunisation Program Schedule

We are continuing to provide a modified immunisation program under the guidance of the Department of Health and Human Services. We are implementing additional clinical infection control measures to minimise any risk to our community and staff. 

Our service the progress of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and will update your school when any services are impacted.

Year 7 Secondary School Vaccine Program

Two free vaccines are offered and recommended to all Year 7 students.

(Non Medicare cardholders are also eligible for these free vaccines.)

Gardasil vaccine, prevents some types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause 90% cervical cancer in women and over 90% of HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against an additional two HPV types which cause 90% of genital warts. 

The vaccine provides best prevention when given at a younger age.

Gardasil vaccine is a 2 dose course, vaccines are given at least 6 months apart. The vaccine is safe and well tolerated. 

Boostrix vaccine, is a booster vaccine to prevent Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough disease. 

This is only one dose, generally given at the first visit to the school. The vaccine is safe and well tolerated in adolescents.

Year 10 Secondary School Vaccination Program

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is offered and recommended to all Year 10 students. (Non Medicare cardholders are also eligible for these free vaccines.)

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.

Invasive meningococcal disease occurs when these bacteria enter the blood stream to cause septicaemia or meningitis. Death can occur in up to 10% of cases.

This vaccine is a 4 in 1 combined vaccine for protection against meningococcal A, C, W, and Y strains. Only one dose of the vaccine is required.

Studies show that this vaccine can provide up to 97% immunity in adolescents.

How it works

The schools issue parents or guardians with information about the visits, including consent cards, at the beginning of the school year. If you don't receive this information, contact your school. You can also download these consent forms from the Department of Health and Human Services website. Consent forms and disease information are also available in the other languages.

Make sure you return your consent card even if your child isn't going to be vaccinated. This helps us monitor the level of community protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Catch-up sessions

We are providing free catch-up sessions for all Boroondara students who missed important immunisations due to COVID-19 and other abstenteeism. Sessions now available to book online.

More information 

For more information, call 9278 4711 or email [email protected]

How it works

The schools issue parents or guardians with information about the visits, including consent cards, at the beginning of the school year. If you don't receive this information, contact your school. You can also download these consent forms from the Department of Health and Human Services website. Consent forms and disease information are also available in the other languages.

Make sure you return your consent card even if your child isn't going to be vaccinated. This helps us monitor the level of community protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines we administer

Vaccines are administered for the following diseases:

Disease Vaccine
Human papillomavirus (year 7) Gardasil9 (two-dose course)
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (year 7)  Boostrix (single dose)
Meningococcal ACWY (year 10) Nimenrix  (single dose) 

Cost

This is a free program. Non Medicare cardholders are also eligible for these free vaccines.

Free adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine program

From April 1 2019, a free meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix®) vaccine program on the National Immunisation Program is available for:

  • Year 10 students in secondary school
  • Young people aged 15 to 19 years of age.

Young people who have not already received the meningococcal ACWY (Menactra®) vaccine in school or in the community in the last two years, can be vaccinated by Council or your local GP.  

See all Council immunisation sessions.

More information 

For more information, call 9278 4711 or email [email protected]

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