There have been a number of important changes to the Secondary School Vaccine Program for 2015.
· The vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (Boostrix) will be offered to all students in Years 7,8,9 and 10.
· The time-limitied human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine program for year 9 boys was completed in December 2014. HPV vaccine will continue to be offered to all students (both male and female) in Year 7 from 2015.
Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the vaccine consent forms.
Recently the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 were amended to authorise schools to release parent and student information to local councils so that councils can follow up with parents after the consent forms have been distributed.
This means that we will provide your local council with your contact details and a local council representative may contact you with vaccine program information. If you do not wish for your details to be provided to your local council, please advise me in writing before close of business 28 February 2015.
If you are unable to contact me by the above date you will need to contact the officer responsible for the vaccine program at your local council in the event that you have queries about your contact details.
Every day immunisation saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and the disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free through the school-based program.
Consent forms will be sent home to students on Friday 13th February and need to be returned to the College by Monday 23rd February. The next step will be to return the student's vaccine consent forms to the school. Without returning a consent form, a student may miss the opportunity to be vaccinated. It is important the consent forms are completed and returned to the school, regardless of whether you agree that the student will be vaccinated or not as part of the school-based program.
For more information about the immunisation program please visit http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/role/parents
DATES FOR IMMUNISATION
Friday 13th March 2015
Year 7 – HPV & Chickenpox
Year 10 – Boostrix
Friday 8th May 2015
Year 7 – HPV & Boostrix
Year 8 - Boostrix
Year 9 – Boostrix
Friday 11th September 2015
Year 7 – HPV