Immunisation programs in Australia have been vitally important in ensuring that vaccine preventable diseases have been eradicated or their existence in the community minimised for the benefit of all Australians. The continued success of immunisation programs is dependent on maintaining and improving vaccination rates for all Australians.
Local councils have been involved in the delivery of vaccination programs for children since the 1930s, with tetanus and pertussis vaccines followed by vaccination in high schools since the 1970s, commencing with rubella for girls.
In 2007, Australia became the first country to roll out a national HPV vaccination program to girls in high school and in 2013 boys were included in the program. The success of the free vaccine program in schools has led to a drop in the rates of cervical cancer and it has been reported that cervical cancer in Australia could potentially be eradicated in the future.
In South Australia, adolescent vaccination is delivered in high school programs. In 2019 the adolescent schedule provides:
All Year 8 students - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
All Year 10 students- meningococcal B vaccine, and meningococcal ACWY vaccine
All Year 11 students – meningococcal B vaccine
Parents of eligible students will receive a consent form pack at the start of the school year to fill in and returned to the school. It is important that parents read their information contained in the packs before consent is given for the child to be vaccinated at the school.
If you don’t receive a consent form, or have any other question or concerns, call us on 8132 3600.
Find out more about the SA School Immunisation Program on the SA Health website.
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