Vaccines are funded for adolescents under the National Immunisation Program Schedule to protect against the diseases below.
The Year 7 and 8 School Immunisation Program allows parents to have students vaccinated through their school at no cost. If your child is immunised by your doctor, the vaccine will be free but you may be charged a consultation fee.
Immunisation for adolescents is recommended because:
- they need a booster dose for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)
- some immunisations need to be given in early adolescence (human papillomavirus)
- they were not routinely given during childhood, such as chickenpox (varicella).
Recommended vaccines for Year 7 and 8 Students in 2016
|Human papillomavirus||3 doses—0, 2 and 6 months|
|Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis)||1 dose|
|Chickenpox (varicella)||1 dose|
Queensland’s School Immunisation Program provides parents with the opportunity for their child to receive free scheduled immunisations at their school. In 2016, the program will be offered to all Queensland secondary schools. A child is eligible for vaccines based on their Year level at school rather than their age.
Vaccines are also funded for adolescents being home schooled or attending special school between the ages of 12 and 14 years of age.
Before the immunisation
Before the school visit, your child will be given a consent form that provides details about the disease, benefits of immunisation and any common side effects. Read the information, sign the consent form indicating whether you wish your child to be immunised and return it to the school. The decision to be immunised is one made by the student and/or their parent/guardian. Only students with a completed and signed consent form on the day of the school clinic will be immunised.
On the day
A fully trained and qualified team will visit your child's school to offer the free immunisations. At the time of immunisation, your child will be asked a series of standard questions to check if the student is medically well, has any severe allergies or is pregnant to ensure immunisation is appropriate. After the immunisation, the child will be observed in an area close to the immunisation team for at least 15 minutes. All students will receive an immunisation record to take home. Keep this with your child’s health records so you know which vaccines they have received.
If your child misses their immunisation at school
It is important to have your child immunised in the same year the vaccine is offered in the school program. If your child misses their school immunisation, they can be immunised:
- at a catch-up school immunisation clinic (check with the service provider)
- at a free community immunisation clinic (if offered by your local council or immunisation service provider)
- by your doctor before the end of the following year (the vaccine will be free, however you may be charged a consultation fee).
Please contact your local public health unit if you have any questions.