Information for parents - Year 7 Secondary school vaccine program
The protection provided by some childhood immunisations fades over time and needs to be boosted in adolescence.
Secondary school students are at an age when a vaccine will be most effective and provides protection before possible exposure to a disease.
Victorian immunisation schedule for secondary school students
The following vaccines are routinely provided free of charge to all Victorian Year 7 students under the Immunise Australia Program.
|Vaccine type||Vaccine doses|
|Chickenpox (varicella)||Single dose|
|Human papillomavirus (HPV)||3 vaccines given over 6 months|
|Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (combined vaccine)||Single dose|
Parental consent for immunisation
We deliver consent cards to all local secondary schools in February of each year. You must ensure that you return the consent card, even if you do not want your child to be immunised, this assists Council in assessing total immunised in our community. If you are unsure about your child’s current immunisation status, contact us.
When a school vaccine is missed
If your child missed out on their school immunisation session, or you want to be there to support your child during immunisation, you can bring your child to any of our public immunisation sessions, or a doctor to receive the missed vaccine.
This should be done as soon as possible to be eligible to receive the vaccine for free. If the missed dose is part of a course of vaccines and is given soon after the missed school session, the rest of the course can often be finished as part of the school-based program.
Some vaccines may need to be ordered in advance, so let your doctor know which immunisation you want when you arrange the appointment. Although the vaccines themselves are free, your doctor may charge a consultation fee. Immunisation will only be free while your child is still 12 to 13 years old.
Types of vaccines
It is recommended that at least 1 dose of a chickenpox vaccine be given to all children under 14 years of age. Therefore, if your child has had a prior chickenpox infection, they can still safely receive the vaccine for further protection.
Human papilloma virus (HPV)
The 3-dose HPV vaccine protects against 2 HPV types that cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer in women and 90 per cent of HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against an extra 2 HPV types which cause 90 per cent of genital warts.
In a world first, Australian schoolboys will be able to get the successful HPV vaccine through the School Based Vaccination Program.
Don't let your child miss out on this important vaccine. Complete their consent card and return to the school on time.
For more information about this disease, visit the HPV Vaccine website.
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough is part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule. The primary course of vaccination is at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. A booster dose is given at 4 years of age and the second booster is required in adolescene to ensure ongoing protection.
The State Government will provide $7.1 million to deliver a one year free school-based vaccination program for Meningococcal W for 15 to 19 year olds. This age group was chosen based on the recommendation of national immunisation experts as teenagers are at increased risk of meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.
Meningococcal bacteria are passed from person to person by regular, close, prolonged household and intimate contact. In recent years the prevalence of the W strain – one of the six main meningococcal strains – has increased significantly across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and just one in 2013.
15-19 year olds no longer attending secondary school can still access the vaccine for free through any of Councils public sessions.
Information for young people
Immunisation is very important because it protects you from getting serious and preventable diseases.
If you are worried about receiving an injection, check out this short video for some tips to help you know what to expect on the day of vaccination.
You will be immunised against 5 serious diseases over the course of 3 separate immunisation visits:
- First visit of 2 jabs - HPV Dose 1 and Boostrix (which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
- Second visit of 2 jabs - HPV Dose 2 and chickenpox
- Third visit - HPV Dose 3