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 2 groups

  • Vaccines offered to specific age groups e.g. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is only registered and eligible for students from 12 years of age.
  • Booster doses to vaccines already administered to students between the ages of 0-4 years e.g. Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa).
Year 7
  • Year 7 students will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough vaccine.
  • The program is delivered in two across the school year.
  • Families are advised to see their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic if their child misses a dose at school (consultation fees may apply).

Consent packs

Consent packs are issued to schools for distribution to all parents of year 7 and 8 students in Western Australia. These packs include:

Read more information about the year 7 school-based immunisation program (HealthyWA).

Translated information

Translated versions of the 'Year 7 school-based immunisation program – information for parents' fact sheet are available on the HealthyWA website (external site).

Vaccine information fact sheet

Read more information for parents about the diseases protected against through the year 7 school-based immunisation program – vaccine information (HealthyWA):

These articles can be printed and distributed to interested parents.

Videos

These videos produced by the Australian Department of Health are an educational resource for schools to help students understand how vaccination protects them, why it’s important and what to expect on the day of their school immunisations.

Getting your HPV vaccine vaccination at school – what to expect

Getting your diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccinations at school — what to expect

Getting your HPV and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) vaccinations at school — what to expect

Year 10
  • A free meningococcal ACWY vaccine is available for year 10 students.
  • School immunisation teams will deliver meningococcal ACWY vaccinations at secondary schools across Western Australia.
  • Parents/guardians must read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.
  • Families are advised to see their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic if their child misses a dose at school (consultation fees may apply).

Consent packs

Consent packs are issued to schools for distribution to all parents of year 10 students in Western Australia.

These packs include:

Read further information for parents about the year 10 school-based immunisation program (HealthyWA) and meningococcal disease (HealthyWA).

Translated information

Translated versions of the 'Year 10 school-based immunisation program' fact sheet are available on the HealthyWA website (external site).

Videos

This video produced by the Australian Department of Health is an educational resource for schools to help students understand how vaccination protects them, why it’s important and what to expect on the day of their school immunisations.

Getting your meningococcal ACWY vaccination at school – what to expect

Resources

Schools are encouraged to use this promotional text (PDF 25KB) in communication to parents such as newsletters and websites, and to share posts from the HealthyWA Facebook page.

View more campaign materials for the year 7 and year 10 school-based immunisation programs.

More information

  • Immunisation, Surveillance and Disease Control Program – Communicable Disease Control Directorate
    Phone: (08) 9222 2486
    Email: SBIP@health.wa.gov.au
Last reviewed: 22-11-2018
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