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 2016 will be offered t​​he following vaccines:

Vaccine​​​ Number of Doses​ More Information
​Varicella (​​chicken pox)​ 1 dose​ What is varicella?​
Information about varicella vaccination
​​Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa)​ 1 dose​ What are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis?​
Information about dTpa vaccination
​Human Papillomavirus (HPV)​ ​3 doses​ What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination
Cancer Council Australia
National HPV Vaccination Program Register

  • ​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.
  • 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 2014 are available.
  • Information about the vaccinations is also available in 26 community languages.

Intensive English Centres (IECs)

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

All ages

Va​ccine​​​ 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


12 year olds only

Vaccine​​ Number of Doses​ More Information
​Human Papillom​avirus (HPV)​ ​3 doses​

What is HPV?
Information about HPV vaccination

Cancer Council Australia

National HPV Vaccination Program Register


Less than 14 years of age

Vac​cin​e​​ Number of Doses​ More Information
​Varicella (chicken pox)​ 1 dose​ What is varicella?​
Information about varicella 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 10 February 2016
Page Owner: Immunisation