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Secondary School Immunisation Program

Teenagers attending an immunisation session

All secondary schools in Australia are included in the program and Council's Health Services looks after all secondary schools within Knox.

The Australian National Immunisation Program Schedule includes a number of vaccinations available to secondary school students such as human papillomavirus, meningococcal ACWY, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).

Knox Council's Secondary School Immunisation Program

Knox Council's Health Services Unit visits secondary schools in the Knox area during the year to administer vaccines that are included in the National Immunisation Program Schedule. Usually this will involve 2 separate visits from around March to October. Vaccines that require more than one dose need to be given at specific times so we schedule our visits to suit these times and to minimise any disruption to the school.

Consent cards for each vaccine are sent to schools at the beginning of the year. The school will then distribute these cards to students to take home for parents to complete. It is important that parents complete all consent cards regardless of whether they wish for their child to receive the vaccine or not. Students then return cards to school and we will arrange to collect them.

On the day of our visit students are presented for vaccination and a record is given to them to take home. If a student that is due to receive a vaccine is not present on the day of our visit, parents will be notified by SMS or letter. They will need to bring their child to one of our public immunisation sessions to receive their vaccines (appointments are required). We suggest this be done as soon as possible after receiving the communication so that any further vaccines they may require are given within the recommended time. Parents can also take their kids to their local doctor or medical centre to receive the vaccine.

Refer to our Immunisation Timetable page for dates and locations.

In 2018 the secondary school immunisation program will offer the following vaccinations to Year 7 students:

  • GARDASIL - Human Papillomavirus (2 doses over the year)
  • BOOSTRIX - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Meningococcal W-Containing Vaccine Secondary School Program

Although uncommon, invasive meningococcal disease can develop very quickly and causes death in about 5-10 per cent of cases. The prevalence of the W strain has increased significantly in recent years.

In 2018, Knox City Council will be attending schools within the municipality to administer the Meningococcal W-containing vaccine to students in Year 10. Those adolescents (15-16 years old) not in school can access the vaccine from other providers such as a GP or through local council public immunisation sessions.

  • MENACTRA - Covers 4 strains of Meningococcal disease (A, C, W135 & Y)

More information

If you would like more information about the secondary school immunisation program, including specific sections for parents and school staff, visit ImmuneHero.

You can download the 2018 school immunisation consent form and information from links below. The completed consent form can be returned to your child's secondary school.

You can also contact Knox Council's Health Services Unit on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions about Immunisation.

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