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Up-to-date immunisations essential for 2018 school enrolments

19 May 2017

The Department of Health is reminding parents who are enrolling their children in school for 2018 to ensure their immunisations are up-to-date.

Kids eating lunch at school

Enrolments for kindergarten and pre-primary close on 21 July 2017 and, under existing legislation, parents are required to provide their child’s Australian Immunisation Register history statement when enrolling.

Parents are urged to have their children fully immunised to protect them, and to stop the spread of preventable diseases.

Infectious diseases can spread quickly in a school environment. For children to stay healthy and reduce the spread of disease it is important to ensure they have completed the full immunisation schedule.

The Childhood Immunisation Program currently includes immunisations against 16 vaccine preventable diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus and varicella (chickenpox).

Parents in WA can get the childhood vaccines provided for free through the National Immunisation Program – a joint initiative between the State and Commonwealth governments.

Parents should check with their GP to see if an administration fee applied, but many medical practitioners bulk bill for childhood vaccinations.

Parents who are unsure about their child’s vaccination history should visit the Department of Human Services website (external site) to get a record of past vaccinations.

Find out more about immunisation, where you can get vaccinated and immunisation records when starting or moving schools.