NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in a school-based vaccination program.

Parent information kits are sent home to parents early in the school year. To consent to vaccination, parents are advised to read all the information provided, complete and sign the consent form and return it to their child's school.

High schools

Students in high schools in 2017 will be offered the following vaccines:

Vaccine Year Number of doses More information
Varicella (chicken pox) Year 7 1 dose What is varicella?
Information about varicella vaccination
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) Year 7 1 dose What are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?
Information about dTpa vaccination
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Year 7 3 doses What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination
Cancer Council Australia
National HPV Vaccination Program Register
Meningococcal ACWY​​ Year 11-12 1 dose What is meningococcal disease?
Information about meningococcal ACWY vaccination
  • Free vaccine is only available to students who have a signed consent form and who commence the vaccine course while they’re in Year 7 or Year 11-12 (for meningococcal ACWY vaccination).
  • Students who miss vaccine doses due to absence on the day of the nurses' visit will be offered catch-up vaccination at subsequent school clinics. Where this is not possible, parents will be advised that free catch-up vaccination is available at their local GP during the school year only.
  • Parents who choose to wait for their child to be older before consenting to vaccination will be required to pay for the vaccines privately.
  • Parents can withdraw consent at any time before vaccination takes place.
  • Coverage rates for all vaccines offered to students in high schools from 2011 to 2016 are available.
  • Information about the vaccinations is also available in 26 community languages.
  • A video ​(Whatchya Gunna DO?) has been produced to raise awareness about the importance of immunisation for Aboriginal adolescents and their parents.

Intensive English Centres (IECs)

Newly-arrived migrants (including refugees) attending Intensive English Centres (IECs) will be offered the following vaccines based on student age:

All ages

Vaccine Number of doses More information
Hepatitis B 2 doses What is hepatitis B?
Information about hepatitis B vaccination
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) 1 dose What are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?
Information about dTpa vaccination
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) 2 doses What are measles, mumps and rubella?
Information about MMR vaccination
​Human ​Papillomavirus (HPV) (refugees) 3 doses​ ​What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination
Cancer Council Australia
National HPV Vaccination Program Register
Polio​​ (refugees) 2 doses What is polio?
Information about polio vaccination

12 year olds only

Vaccine Number of doses More information
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 3 doses What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination
Cancer Council Australia
National HPV Vaccination Program Register

Less than 14 years of age

Vaccine Number of doses More information
Varicella (chicken pox) 1 dose What is varicella?
Information about varicella vaccination

17-18 year olds only

Vaccine Number of doses More information
Meningococcal ACWY 1 dose What is meningococcal disease?
Information about meningococcal ACWY vaccination
  • Students who miss vaccine doses due to absence on the day of the clinic will be advised to receive any catch-up vaccination at their local GP.
  • Parents can withdraw consent at any time before vaccination takes place.
  • Information about the vaccinations is also available in 26 community languages.

Distance education/home-schooled students

Students who are enrolled in distance education or who are home-schooled are advised to attend their GP or other immunisation provider for free age-appropriate vaccinations.

For more information about the NSW School Vaccination Program in your area contact your local public health unit by calling 1300 066 055.

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Page Updated: Wednesday 3 May 2017
Page Owner: Immunisation