Year 7 2017 Vaccination Update
Adolescent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program
In early 2017 parents/carers of Year 7 students were asked to provide consent for their children to receive three doses of HPV vaccine in the NSW School Vaccination Program.
Most* Year 7 students who have received two doses of HPV vaccine are considered to be fully vaccinated and do not require a further dose.
This change is based on recent international studies that show for children aged 9 to 14 years of age, two doses of HPV vaccine provide the same protection as three doses, as long as the second dose is given at least six months after the first dose. Based on this evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends a two-dose HPV schedule, and this has already been adopted in comparable countries (i.e. the UK, Canada, the United States and New Zealand) and is now being adopted in Australia.
In 2017 Year 7 students were given the second dose of HPV vaccine at least six months after the first dose to accommodate the urgent roll-out of the Meningococcal W Response Program to Year 11 and 12 students. Year 7 students who have received only one dose of HPV this year will be offered their second dose in 2018. Parents/carers whose children were vaccinated in 2017 but who still wish for their child to receive a third dose of HPV vaccine can access a free dose from their general practitioner (GP).
* Students with significantly impaired immune systems are still recommended to have three doses of HPV vaccine. Parents of these students should make arrangements to complete the vaccine course with their GP or by calling their local public health unit on 1300 066 055.
More information is available on the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/hpv or by calling your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.
For Students Entering Year 7 in 2018
NSW Adolescent Vaccination Program 2018 for Year 7 Students
All Year 7 students will be offered:
- Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine as a booster dose for all students
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine – 2 dose course
Further information will be provided in 2018 Parent Information Packs and is also available now in many languages at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/schooltranslations
A Record of Vaccination Card will be given to your child at the time of each vaccination at each school clinic.
Please keep these cards for your records and provide a copy to your local doctor.
If your child is absent for any clinics we will catch them up at the next school visit.
For any queries, please contact Adele Cutbush, College Nurse, on firstname.lastname@example.org