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School Immunisation Program

The Queensland School Immunisation Program allows Year 7 and 10 students to be vaccinated through their school for free. If your child is immunised by your doctor, the vaccine will be free but you may be charged a consultation fee.

Vaccines are also funded for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 14 who are being home schooled or attending special school.

Year 7 students are offered vaccinations  against:

This age group requires these vaccinations because:

  • they need a booster dose for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)
  • some immunisations need to be given in early adolescence (human papillomavirus) because the immune response is better at this age for this vaccine.

Year 10 students are offered vaccination against meningococcal ACWY strains: 1 dose

Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe infection that can cause death within 24 hours or profound life-long disability (brain damage, hearing loss, limb loss). Some of the highest rates of meningococcal carriage occur among 15 to 19 year olds and this age group can transmit the meningococcal bacteria to people who are at increased risk of infection, including young children.

As there is a safe and effective vaccine that covers strains A, C, W and Y, Year 10 students and adolescents aged 15 to 19 years of age are being offered the vaccination which they can receive through the school program or by visiting their GP or regular immunisation provider. It is designed to protect young people and also reduce risks for the community as a whole by decreasing the proportion of people carrying the bacteria in their nose and throat.

Complete the consent card

Before the school visit, your child will be given a consent pack that contains an information sheet with details about the disease, benefits of immunisation and any common side effects and a vaccination consent card.

Read the information sheet, sign the consent card indicating whether you wish your child to be vaccinated, and return it to the school. Only students with a completed and signed consent card on the day of the school immunisation clinic will be vaccinated.

If you do not return a consent card or the card is incomplete, you may be contacted by the immunisation provider to check if you want your child to be vaccinated.

Year 7 (HPV, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis):

Year 10 (meningococcal ACWY vaccine):

I don't want my child vaccinated

If you do not want your child to be vaccinated through the school program:

  • complete and sign the 'No to Vaccination' section of the consent card
  • indicate why your child is not receiving vaccinations through the school program and
  • return the consent card to the school.

Having the vaccination

A qualified team will visit your child's school to give the immunisations.
To ensure immunisation is appropriate, your child will be asked if they are medically well, have any severe allergies, or are pregnant.

After the immunisation, your child is observed in an area close to the team for at least 15 minutes. Your child will receive a Record of Vaccination Card to take home. Keep this with their other medical details and/or notify your doctor that the vaccine has been given. This information will also be directly provided to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

My child missed the school immunisation

If your child misses their school immunisation, they can be vaccinated:

  • at a catch-up school immunisation clinic (check with the immunisation service provider)
  • at a free community immunisation clinic (if offered by your local council or immunisation service provider)
  • by your doctor - Year 7 and Year 10 students will be eligible for catch-up vaccinations before they turn 20 years of age. After this time, vaccines need to be purchased via private prescription.

The vaccine will be free, however you may be charged a consultation fee by your doctor or immunisation provider.

It is important to have your child vaccinated in the same year the vaccine is offered in the school program.

Age of consent for vaccinations

In Queensland, a child can consent to a vaccination if they have the capacity to give or withhold consent. The vaccine service provider will use their professional judgement to assess whether your child has the capacity to give their own consent for vaccination.

Generally, someone aged 15 years or older would be expected to have the maturity, intelligence and understanding to fully understand the treatment and to give their valid and informed consent.
More about how the vaccine services provider will assess your child for consent

More information

  • Call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • Make an appointment with your doctor