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Year 10 school-based immunisation program

Meningococcal disease can kill. It is easily spread and older teens have some of the highest rates of infection.

WA Health recommends that all year 10 students in Western Australia receive the meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine. This vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, specifically 4 serogroups of meningococcal bacteria: A, C, W and Y.

The year 10 school-based immunisation program was introduced in 2018 to defend against a moderate recent increase in the number of meningococcal infection cases caused by these strains in Western Australia.

It is anticipated that immunising year 10 students will reduce transmission of the bacteria to others and help prevent infections within the larger community.

Meningococcal bacteria are spread by respiratory secretions (coughing, sneezing or kissing).

Read more about meningococcal disease.

Information for parents and guardians

Consent form

Each year 10 student will receive an immunisation consent pack through their school to take home to their parent or guardian.

This pack will contain information about the diseases protected against and a consent form.

Parents must read the information carefully and return the completed form to school, even if they choose not to have their child immunised.

Only students with a signed, completed form will be immunised. Parents may be contacted by the nurse to clarify information provided.

For more information on school-based programs contact your school nurse, local government, community health immunisation clinic or your public health unit.

If your child misses their second dose at school, visit your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic (consultation fees may apply).

Immunisation

The immunisations are scheduled in one visit during the school year.

WA Health and local council nursing teams conduct the immunisations.

Contact your school for information about when the program will be delivered at your school.

If your child misses their second dose at school, visit your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic (consultation fees may apply).

After immunisation

Following immunisation, students will receive:

  • a record of immunisation(s) received
  • instructions about care after immunisation.

Vaccines administered through the school-based program are recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

More information


Last reviewed: 13-02-2019
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