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Year 8 immunisation program

  • WA Health recommends all year 8 students in Western Australia are immunised as part of the school-based immunisation program.
  • Parents/guardians must read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.

Specific immunisations are offered free to all year 8 students through the National Immunisation Program (external site), including human papillomavirus (HPV) to protect against cervical, head and neck cancer, and genital warts, as well as booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

The HPV vaccine is available for females and males to protect against the most common kinds of HPV.

Information for parents and guardians

WA Health recommends that all year 8 students in Western Australia receive vaccines to prevent the following diseases:

Read the vaccine information.

Consent form

Each year 8 student will receive an immunisation consent pack through their school to take home to their parent.

This pack will contain information about the diseases protected against and a consent form.

Parents must read the information carefully and return the completed form to school, even if they choose not to have their child immunised.

Only students with a signed, completed form will be immunised. Parents may be contacted by the nurse to clarify information provided.

For more information on school-based programs contact your school nurse, local government, community health immunisation clinic or your public health unit.

Schedule of immunisations

The immunisations are scheduled in two visits across the school year.

It is important that each child completes the program for maximum protection.

WA Health and local council nursing teams conduct the immunisations.

Contact your school for information about when the program will be delivered at your school.

  • 1st visit – human papillomavirus (HPV) and and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPa)
  • 2nd visit – human papillomavirus (HPV)
After immunisation

Following immunisation, students will receive:

  • a record of immunisation(s) received
  • instructions about care after immunisation.

Vaccines administered through the school-based program are recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

More information

Download this information as a fact sheet (PDF 908KB)

Public Health

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