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Immunisation

Protecting Our Community from Infectious Diseases

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Immunisation

 
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Immunisation protects the community from some diseases, known as vaccine-preventable diseases, and stops the spread of infection.

The Immunisation Team works closely with doctors, nurses, schools and childcare centres, local councils and the general public to ensure people of all ages are vaccinated according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The team is also involved in research related to immunisation to improve vaccination services provided to the community.

1. NSW School Vaccination Program

Our Vaccination Team works in partnership with western Sydney high 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.

Click here for more information on the NSW School Vaccination Program.

In preparation for vaccination

The following short videos provide information for students and parents/carers about the diseases being immunised for, why immunisation is important, and tips for students on vaccination day.

For Year 7 students

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What to expect: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) video

Kick start high school with 8 easy tips

Kick start high school with 8 easy tips fact sheet

 

For Year 10 students

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What to expect: Meningococcal ACWY video

Missed the School Vaccination day?

For Year 7 and Year 10 students who missed School Vaccination days, catch-ups will be offered via the school.

Students who return a signed consent form to school will be offered any missed doses at school during Year 7 or 8 (for HPV and dTpa vaccination) and during Year 10 or 11 (for Meningococcal ACWY vaccination) to ensure their vaccinations are complete.

Photographic images courtesy of the Australian Government’s Immunisation Program.

2. For delayed or missed vaccinations

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Children who have not received all vaccines recommended by the National Immunisation Program (NIP) require additional (catch-up) vaccination. This brings them up-to-date and ensures that are protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases. To help immunisation providers plan catching up missed vaccinations, parents need to provide documents of previous vaccinations. Under the NIP all childhood and some adolescent vaccinations are free of charge. Ask your doctor or immunisation provider for more information.

3. Immunisations for bites/scratches by bat or overseas animal

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The Immunisation team works with local doctors to ensure that people who are exposed to rabies/lyssavirus via bite or scratch from a bat in Australia, or a bat or terrestrial (land-dwelling) animal overseas, are protected from the infection. If you are exposed, you should be assessed by your local doctor as soon as possible to organise preventative treatment (rabies vaccine) through the Public Health Unit, even if you have seen a doctor or started treatment overseas.

For advice on vaccine requirements and to obtain vaccine, please contact the Immunisation Team on 9849 3603. More information on rabies/lyssavirus is available below in the Resources section.

4. Follow up of adverse events following Immunisation (AEFI)

The aim of reporting of AEFIs is to monitor vaccine safety and to detect any unexpected adverse events that have not been detected in vaccine trials. The immunisation team receives reports from immunisation providers or medical staff of side effects, or adverse events, following immunisation. This can occur any time after receiving an immunisation and could be related to the immunisation. If you are concerned you have had an adverse event following an immunisation, you should see your local doctor immediately. If you have any questions, you can contact the Immunisation team on 9840 3603.

5. Other immunisation services

a) Public childhood vaccination clinics

Most general practitioners (or local doctors) in Western Sydney offer childhood vaccinations. There are also several public vaccination clinics for children that are supported by the Public Health Unit. These clinics are staffed by registered nurses authorised in immunisation. There is no cost to attend public clinics, and a Medicare card is not necessary.

Current clinics in Western Sydney:

See useful links in the Resources section below for more information on these clinics.

b) Travel vaccinations

The Immunisation Team do not provide travel advice to individuals. People travelling overseas are strongly advised to consult either their local doctor, or a specialist travel doctor (these can be located in the Yellow Pages).

Useful Links

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If you would like to discuss an opportunity to work together to achieve better health outcomes for people in Western Sydney please contact us below.

Population Health Services

 

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Gungurra, Building 68, Cumberland Hospital Campus Fleet Street, North Parramatta New South Wales

 
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T: (02) 9840 3603
F: (02) 9840 3608

 
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Locked Bag 7118,  Parramatta BC 2124

 
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WSLHD-CentreForPopulation
Health@health.nsw.gov.au

 

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