Students ready to receive vaccines
THE New South Wales school-based vaccination program will start next week in Tweed schools.
Director of Public Health North Coast Paul Corbin said the program was an efficient way to vaccinate a targeted group of students.
“All female Year 7 students will be offered the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer,” Mr Corbin said.
“All Year 7 students will receive the hepatitis B vaccine and the vaccine against chickenpox.
“Year 7 students will receive the whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, which is administered in one injection.”
Mr Corbin said Year 10 school students would also receive the joint whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.
“We have had an enormous amount of whooping cough in the area this year and this is a good opportunity to provide the vaccination,” he said.
“The school-based vaccination program is helpful because it can be difficult for people to visit their GP.
“This is an efficient way for parents to access vaccinations.”
Mr Corbin said parents could choose to have their children vaccinated outside of school.
“For whatever reason people choose not to receive the vaccinate at school, they can still receive it free of charge at their GP if they receive the injection in the same scheduled timeframe,” Mr Corbin said.
Banora Point Medical Centre registered nurse Rachel Row said vaccination was essential.
“It is very important to receive vaccinations so the spread of disease is minimal,” Mrs Row said.