Each year NSW Health works with education authorities to offer vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health & Medical Research Council. These vaccinations are provided free of charge at school based clinics. This year, vaccinations will be offered to all Year 7 students and Year 9 boys. The vaccinations to be offered are:
Year 7 Boys & Girls
- Varicella (Chickenpox) ~ 1 dose
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (Whooping Cough) dTpa Boostrix ~1 dose
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) ~ 3 doses, with the 2nd & 3rd doses given 2 and 6 months after the first dose.
Year 9 Boys only
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) ~ 3 doses as outlined above.
A specialised team of nurses will visit the school to administer the vaccinations, with the first clinic set down for Friday 21 March, starting at 9am. On this occasion Year 7 students and the Year 9 boys will receive the first dose of HPV, with Year 7 students also receiving the dTpa boostrix.
The Parent Information Kits containing the consent form, along with other information have been sent home this week. Students are asked to return the consent form to their roll class teachers no later than Friday 7 March. Anyone who missed getting this kit can collect one from the clerical office, Mrs McKenzie in the Library or Miss McAlister in the Humanities staffroom.
Parents are asked to pay particular attention to the separate instruction sheet which was issued to make sure that the forms are correctly filled in and signed, such as the importance of using ticks, not crosses to indicate which vaccinations are to be given. So that we can be sure that this information has reached home, students who are not to receive any of the vaccinations are asked to bring a note in from their parents to this effect and give this to their roll class teacher.