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Secondary School Immunisation Program

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

If a student is unable to attend our specific school immunisation sessions to receive scheduled vaccines, please bring them to a local GP or other service provider.

Missed School Immunisations - Catch-Up Session

Knox City Council will be running a catch-up session for any year 7 or 10 students who missed their immunisation at school.

It will be held on Wednesday 19th May, 2021 from 4pm to 8pm at the Knox Civic Centre. Bookings are essential. Please click here to book your appointment. These sessions are for school students only.

Please come to the session with a completed consent card, which can be found at the bottom of this webpage and on the Go Bookings webpage.

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 or 3 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 forms for each vaccine are sent to schools at the beginning of the year. The school will then distribute these forms to students or parents to complete. It is important that parents complete all consent forms regardless of whether they wish for their child to receive the vaccine or not. The consent forms are to be returned to school and be passed onto Council's Health Services team.

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.

In 2021 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 ACWY Vaccine Secondary School Program - Year 10

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 2021, Knox City Council will be offering Meningococcal ACWY 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.

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

More information

If you would like more information about the secondary school immunisation program, visit the Better Health Channel.

You can download the 2021 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 immunisation.services@knox.vic.gov.au

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions about Immunisation.

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