School-based immunisation program

The school-based immunisation program is a nationally funded immunisation program which offers all students the opportunity to become protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccines offered to school aged students are identified in 3 groups

  • Booster doses to vaccines already administered to students between the ages of 0-4 years e.g. Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa).
  • Vaccines offered to specific age groups e.g. Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) which is only registered and eligible for female and male students from 12 years of age.
  • Catch up vaccines where vaccines are given for a limited time until the cohort has caught up e.g. chickenpox (varicella).

A robust immunisation service requires a coordinated effort and human and physical resources from many stakeholders to ensure optimal vaccination coverage.

The School-based vaccination program guidelines (Word 2.05MB) describe the key components required to deliver a school based immunisation program.

Consent packs

Consent packs are issued to schools for distribution to all parents of year 8 students in Western Australia. These packs include:

The information fact sheet is available in the following languages. Please download and distribute as required:

These resources are available for schools to download and distribute if additional copies are required.

Read further information for parents about the diseases protected against through the school-based immunisation program (Healthy WA):

These articles can be printed and distributed to interested parents.

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