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Don't let your kids miss important, free immunisations

21 February 2019

Parents of year 7, 8 and 10 students are reminded to sign and return immunisation consent forms to ensure their children don’t miss out on important, free vaccinations.

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The vaccinations protect against serious illnesses including whooping cough, invasive meningococcal disease, and cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.

Year 7 and 8

Parents of students in years 7 and 8 will be offered the opportunity to have their child receive the HPV vaccine, as well as a booster dose of the combined diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.

In 2007, Australia became the first country in the world to offer a school-based government-funded HPV vaccination program to prevent cervical and other cancers. This program has already resulted in a significant decline in rates of genital warts and pre-cancerous cervical lesions among young Australians.

In 2018, more than 28,000 WA students in year 8 received HPV and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccinations.

Year 10

Year 10 students can receive the meningococcal ACWY vaccine to combat an increase in potentially deadly disease.

More than 26,000 year 10 students received the vaccine through the school-based program in 2018.

Consent forms

Students will receive consent forms and information packs from their school early in Term 1.

Parents must sign and return the consent forms for a child to receive the free vaccinations in the convenience of their school setting.

If the form can’t be found, parents are advised to get in touch with the school for a replacement.

If a student misses out on one of the vaccines offered during the school year, parents should visit their GP or immunisation provider to get make sure they get protected.

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