2019 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.
Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough are in 4 different vaccinations: Infanrix Hexa, Infanrix and Tripacel, Infanrix IPV and Quadracel, Boostrix and Adacel.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) is administered as one vaccine, but, there is 2 doses provided under the School Immunisation program. Gardasil offers protection against nine HPV types, providing protecting against disease from HPV infection. For more information please click here.
In 2019, the SA School Immunisation Program is delivered in high schools.
The school years and associated vaccinations:
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.
Year 11 Students receive the meningococcal B vaccine. This protects student against Meningococcal B.
To be eligible to receive free vaccines under the School Immunisation Program, students are enrolled in Years 8, 10, or 11. Home-schooled children are eligible to receive the recommended vaccines free.
At the start of each school year, parents will receive 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 child vaccinated at school.
On The Day
Once the child has handed through the consent form, our qualified team will ask if your child is medically well, have any severe allergies or are pregnant.
Once the immunisation is complete, your child will be observed by the team for at least 15 minutes and given a Record of Vaccination Card to take home. To keep track of your child’s vaccination, keep all other medical details or notify your doctor about the vaccination.
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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