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School Vaccination Program

City of Gold Coast's Immunisation Services team visits the city's 42 secondary and special schools up to three times each year. The vaccinations offered in the school vaccination program are free of charge.

Immunisation consent forms for Year 8 and Year 10 students are delivered to schools each February to be disseminated to parents/carers and legal guardians. The completed consent forms are required to be returned to the school within a week of receiving them to ensure adequate time for processing.

Vaccines offered in the 2014 School Vaccination Program

HPV (cervical cancer and genital warts) vaccine

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to all Year 8 students with an expanded program to include Year 10 male students in 2014. The school vaccination program consists of three doses of HPV vaccine being administered to achieve maximum protection.

In this regard a website for the national HPV vaccination program has been established by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing. This site contains useful information for both parents and students and is highly recommended.

Find the link to the Australian Government HPV School Vaccination Program website below.

If you require information regarding your student’s eligibility for free vaccination, contact our Immunisation Services team on 07 5581 6709 or email immunise@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Chickenpox vaccine

As this vaccine is now offered to infants, parents of Year 8 students should check their Chickenpox (Varicella) status. If your student has already had the Chickenpox disease or the Chickenpox vaccine, they do not need to have another Chickenpox vaccine at school.

The school vaccination program is for students who have not received this vaccine. Students will receive one dose of the Chickenpox vaccine, usually administered in the middle visit.

BoostrixTM vaccine

All Year 8 and 10 students will be offered the BoostrixTM vaccine, which is a combined vaccine to protect against Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Students will receive a single dose of this vaccine to boost immunity received from childhood vaccinations.

Missed school vaccinations

Students that have missed vaccinations in the year they were eligible at school, that is in Year 8 and/or Year 10, can still access these vaccines free of charge up to 31 December the following year at any one of our catch up clinics, routine immunisation clinics or through your family doctor. 

For further information, contact Immunisation Services on 07 5581 6709 or if you have any questions you can email our staff at immunise@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Our Immunisation Program officers will respond as soon as practical.