2021 School Immunisation Program
The School Immunisation Program is a public health intervention to prevent disease amongst the young and adolescent.
The School Immunsation Program has involved local councils since the 1930s and since become an Australian nation-wide program. Vaccinations are free and administered by fully trained nurses across schools in South Australia.
Year 8 Students will receive one dose of the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (dTpa), and two doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a part of the program.
Year 10 Students receive meningococcal B, and meningococcal ACWY vaccine. These vaccines protect against meningococcal B strain, and meningococcal ACWY covers four different types.
To find out more information on the above vaccines, the Australian Government, Department of Health have created short videos on what to expect when students are receiving their immunisations at school - watch them here!
To be eligible to receive free vaccines under the School Immunisation Program, students must be enrolled in Years 8 and 10. Home-schooled children are eligible to receive the recommended vaccines free.
At the start of each school year, highschools will issue parents a consent form pack and information sheet with details in regards to the diseases, benefits of immunisation and any common side effects. It is crucial that parents read the information covered within the packs before giving full consent to have the student vaccinated at school.
On The Day
Once the student has handed through the consent form, our qualified team will ask if the student is medically well, have any severe allergies or are pregnant.
Once the immunisation is complete, a Record of Vaccination Card will be given to each student to take home as their personal record. Students are then observed by the team and teachers for at least 15 minutes.
Watch the Australian Government, Department of Health short videos on what to expect when students are receiving their immunisations at school.
If you have questions about the vaccination or didn’t receive a consent form, contact your child’s school or Eastern Health Authority on 8132 3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can find out more about the SA School Immunisation Program on the SA Health Website
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