Immunisation for adolescents
Certain vaccines are recommended in secondary school to protect adolescents and their peers.
Secondary school students
We visit all secondary schools in our community to give immunisations to students in year 7 and year 10. The following vaccines are recommended and funded under the National Immunisation Program.
In February 2023, the Australian Government updated its recommendation in relation to the HPV – Gardasil®9 vaccine. Adolescents are now considered fully immunised after one dose of HPV vaccine, with studies showing this has comparable effectiveness to the previous two-dose schedule. You can read more about the change at the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - given as one injection.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (DTP) booster - given as one injection.
- Meningococcal ACWY - given as one injection.
If your child has missed their school visit, would prefer to be immunised away from school, or has been impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns, you are welcome to attend any of our sessions to receive these vaccines. We also welcome students from other schools outside the City of Darebin.
If your child was immunised overseas, we can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register, and recommend catch-up immunisations if needed.
Anyone can access free catch-up vaccinations for missed childhood and adolescent NIP vaccines up to and including 19 years of age. We can help you work out which vaccines you or your child may have missed and create a catch-up plan.