Secondary School Immunisations
The Public Health Unit visits secondary schools in the Baw Baw Shire throughout the year to administer the vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program Schedule. Usually this involves three separate visits during March, May and October.
Consent cards for each vaccine are provided in parent information packs or sent by post to parents of school children to complete. Cards are returned either to the school or posted directly back to Council in self-addressed envelopes.
Students that receive a vaccination on the day of our visit are given a record sheet to take home. If a student who is due to receive a vaccine is absent on the day of our visit a letter is sent to notify parents. Parents then have the option of taking their children to one of Council’s public immunisation sessions or to their local GP. This should be done as soon as possible after receiving the letter so that vaccines can be given within the recommended time.
In 2014, the secondary school immunisation program will include the following vaccinations:
- Gardasil vaccine (for human papillomavirus): three doses for Year 7 male and female students (12-13 years old) and catch up program for Year 9 male students (14-15 years old) until the end of 2014.
- Boostrix vaccine (for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough): for Year 9 male and female students and catch up program in 2015 for Year 7-10 students who have not received their full course.
Gardasil vaccine (for human papillomavirus) is only available free as part of the National Immunisation Program in the abovementioned age groups. For all other people, the vaccine costs approximately $460 plus the doctor’s fee.