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
What to expect: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) video
Kick start high school with 8 easy tips fact sheet
For Year 10 students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).