Immunisation for teenagers
IMMUNISATION doesn’t end before school, as booster shots and an important HPV vaccine are available and encouraged through a high school program for Year 7 students.
These vaccines require your consent as a parent.
In addition to these two vaccines, this year the Queensland Government has provided Year 10 students with access to a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
There is a lot of unsubstantiated rumour in the community about these vaccines, so let’s have a look at why they’re so important. The Year 7 booster shot
While many of the immunisations your child received in their younger years last a lifetime, others slowly decrease in their effectiveness over time. This is why the Year 7 booster shot is important.
Specifically, the booster shot covers diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. This booster is vital to maintaining a high level of community protection against these diseases.
Diphtheria and tetanus are potentially fatal diseases, but thankfully these diseases are rare in Australia thanks to our immunisation rates and better living conditions.
Whooping cough is also a serious disease that can kill babies.
The HPV vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to genital warts, and also to cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men.
These cancers cause a lot of distress and can be fatal. It’s important to immunise your child before they become sexually active, which is why the vaccine is offered in their early teens rather than later teens. Meningococcal ACWY vaccine
This vaccine protects against four strains of meningococcal (A,C, W, Y) and is especially important after Queensland recorded a rise in meningococcal W and Y infections during 2016.
Call your local Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service child health team on:
■ Gayndah – 4161 3571
■ Mundubbera – 4161 3571 ■ Monto – 4166 9300
■ Biggenden – 4127 6400
■ Eidsvold – 4165 7100