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Changes to the Secondary School Immunisation Program 

Our Immunisation Services team visits secondary schools twice a year to vaccinate Year 7 and Year 10 school students as part of the National Immunisation Program Schedule

We're 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.

Students can now receive their school vaccinations even if they have had a COVID vaccine within the last 7 days.

There may be a slight increase in mild to moderate symptoms following their vaccine.

If your child’s school visit falls in this time period and you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated, it is important that you notify your school and make a follow up booking at one of our community sessions to ensure your child doesn’t miss out.

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

Year 7 Secondary School Immunisation Program

Two free vaccines are offered and recommended to all Year 7 students. Non-Medicare card holders are also eligible for these free vaccines.

The Gardasil vaccine, prevents some types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause 90% of cervical cancer in women and over 90% of HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against another 2 HPV types that cause 90% of genital warts. 

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

The Gardasil vaccine is a 2-dose course that must be given at least 6 months apart. The vaccine is safe and well tolerated. 

The 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 Immunisation Program

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine is offered and recommended to all Year 10 students. Non-Medicare card holders 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 will give parents or guardians information about the Secondary School Immunisation Program 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. If you speak a language other than English, consent forms and disease information are 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 vaccinations due to COVID-19 and other absenteeism. You can book an immunisation session online

More information 

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

Vaccines we administer 

Vaccines are administered for the following diseases:

Disease Vaccine
Human papillomavirus (Year 7) Gardasil9 (2-dose course)
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (Year 7)  Boostrix (single dose)
Meningococcal ACWY (Year 10) Nimenrix  (single dose) 


This is a free program. Non-Medicare card holders are also eligible for these free vaccines.

Free adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine program

On April 1 2019, a free meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix®) vaccine program was added to the National Immunisation Program.

This vaccine is available for:

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

Young people who haven't already received the meningococcal ACWY (Menactra®) vaccine in school or in the community in the last 2 years, can be vaccinated at one of our immunisation sessions or their local GP.  

See all Council immunisation sessions.

More information 

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

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