School based immunisation in Victoria in 2018 is offered to all Year 7 and Year 10 students at schools in the City of Monash:
- Ashwood College
- Ashwood School
- Avila College
- Brentwood Secondary College
- Caulfield Grammar School
- Frank Dando
- Glen Allen School
- Glen Waverley Secondary College
- Oakleigh Grammar
- Highvale Secondary College
- Huntingtower School
- John Monash Science School
- Mazenod College
- Monash Special Development
- Mount Waverley Jnr Secondary College
- Sacred Heart Girls School
- Salesian College
- South Oakleigh Secondary College
- Wellington Secondary College
- Wesley College
- Wheelers Hill Secondary College
Year 7 or 12-13 Years
Years 10, 15-16
These vaccinations are offered through our school program. A consent card is sent home via the child for the parent to sign and return to their school within a required timeframe.
Vaccinations will not be given to a child without a signed consent card.
What if my child misses their school vaccine?
If your child is unwell or absent on the immunisation day, a SMS will be sent providing details of our Immunisation Schedule with a date to have the missed vaccine/s by.
For further information please contact Monash Council Immunisation Services on 9518 3534 or see Health Victoria - Secondary school vaccination program for adolescents.
Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine
A vaccine called Gardasil 9 has been developed that protects against nine HPV types which cause around 90% of cervical cancers in women (and the majority of other HPV-related cancers in women), 95% of all HPV-related cancers in men and 90% of genital warts.
HPV-related cancers include almost all cancers of the cervix, and a proportion of cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina, penis and throat.
Gardasil 9 provides fully vaccinated people with protection against nine types of HPV. Gardasil 9 is used in the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program (from 2018). It replaced Gardasil, which protected against four HPV types and was in use bewteen 2007 and 2017.
The vaccine is part of the routine school immunisation schedule and is offered to girls and boys in Year 7 annually.
Gardasil® vaccine is given in two doses at 6 month intervals. Doses are reported to the National HPV Vaccination Program Register after administration.
Visit the HPV website www.hpvvaccine.org.au or call on 1800 478 734 for further information.
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
The Boostrix vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) is available to all students in Year 7 or 12 to 13years.
To continue to combat increasing cases of meningococcal disease, a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine program is underway in 2018 for young people in Year 10 of secondary school in Victoria, or those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (15 or 16 years old), until 31 December 2018.
The free meningococcal ACWY vaccine safely boosts a person's protection against the C strain if they received the vaccine at aged 12 months, and will also protect against three other strains of the disease, the A, W and Y strains.
Although uncommon, meningococcal disease can become life-threatening very quickly. In fatal cases of meningococcal disease the average time from the first symptom until death is 24 to 48 hours.
Students that have already had the meningococcal C vaccine are advised to still have the meningococcal W vaccine as it will also protect them against the A, W and Y strains of meningococcal.
Parents/guardians of Year 10students will have received a Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with their child. School sessions for administering the Meningococcal ACWY have been arranged with Secondary Schools within the Monash Council area.
To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit Better Health or Immune Hero website, or contact Monash Council Immunisation Services 9518 3534.