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Year 7 and 8 school-based immunisation program

  • In 2019, the school-based immunisation program is moving from year 8 to year 7. Students in both year groups will be offered the vaccines as part of this transition. From 2020 onward, the program will routinely be offered in year 7 only.
  • Parents/guardians must read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.
  • The program is delivered in two visits across the school year.
  • If your child misses any vaccines offered at school, visit your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic (consultation fees may apply).
  • The HPV vaccine is 85 to 100% effective in preventing the main types of HPV infection that cause cancers and genital warts.
  • It is important to remember that all females who have received the HPV vaccine will still require regular screening for cervical cancer because the vaccine does not cover every type of HPV.

Specific immunisations are offered free to all year 7 and 8 students through the National Immunisation Program (external site), including human papillomavirus (HPV) to protect against cervical, head and neck cancer, and genital warts, as well as booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis).

The HPV vaccine is available for females and males to protect against the most common kinds of HPV.

Information for parents and guardians

WA Health recommends that all year 7 and 8 students in Western Australia receive vaccines to protect against the following diseases:

Read vaccine information about the vaccines included in the year 7 and 8 immunisation program.

Find out more specifically about the HPV vaccine.

Consent form

Each year 7 and 8 student will receive an immunisation consent pack through their school to take home to their parent or guardian.

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

Parents must read the information carefully and return the completed form to school, even if they choose not to have their child immunised.

Only students with a signed, completed consent form will be immunised. Parents may be contacted by the nurse to clarify information provided.

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

National Immunisation Program

More information and resources about the HPV vaccine are available on the Australian Department of Health website (external site).

Some of the resources for parents include a brochure (external link) and video (external link).

Schedule of immunisations

The immunisations are scheduled in two 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.

Contact your school for information about when the program will be delivered at your school.

  • 1st visit – human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPa)
  • 2nd visit – human papillomavirus (HPV)

If your child misses their second dose at school, visit your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic (consultation fees may apply).

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 Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Last reviewed: 04-02-2019
Public Health

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