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Year 8 immunisation program

Specific immunisations are offered free to all year 8 students through the National Immunisation Program (external site), including HPV to protect against cervical, head and neck cancer, and genital warts, as well as booster doses of diptheria, tetanus, pertussis and chickenpox.

The immunisations are scheduled in three visits across the school year.

It is important that each child completes the program for maximum protection.

WA Health and local council nursing teams conduct the immunisations.

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Information for parents and guardians

WA Health recommends that all year 8 students in Western Australia receive vaccines to prevent the following diseases:

Each year 8 student will receive an immunisation consent pack through their school to take home to their parent.

This pack will contain information about the diseases the immunisations protect against and a consent form.

Parents and guardians are required to read the consent form provided by their school carefully.

Once they have read the information, they must tick the red or green box on the consent form to indicate which vaccines they are consenting to, then sign in the space provided.

Parents must return the completed form to school, even if they choose not to have their child immunisated. Only students with a signed, completed form will be immunised. Parents may be contacted by the nurse to clarify information provided.

Parents should only tick the NO/red box if they do not wish their child to be immunised, for example if they have already received some of the immunisations offered.

For more information on school-based programs contact your school nurse, local government, community health immunisation clinic or your public health unit.

Schedule of immunisations
  • 1st visit – human papillomavirus (HPV) and varicella (chickenpox)

  • 2nd visit – human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPa)

  • 3rd/4th visit – human papillomavirus (HPV)

After immunisation

Following immunisation, students will receive:

  • a record of immunisation(s) received
  • instructions about care after immunisation.

Vaccines administered through the school based program are recorded in the WA Health schools based database.

HPV vaccines administered are also recorded in the National HPV immunisation program register so diseases such as cancer can be monitored in the future.


  • WA Health recommends all year 8 students in Western Australia are immunised as part of the school-based immunisation program.
  • Parents/guardians must read and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.

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