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Immunisation is one of the most effective and cost-efficient public health interventions. The success of the School Immunisation Program (SIP) in South Australian remains a priority in the National Immunisation Strategy.
Vaccinations are free and are administered by fully trained, qualified nurses across all high schools in South Australia.
The success of the SIP has led to:
- improved access to immunisation services for South Australian students
- high vaccine coverage rates
- a reduction in disease incidence
- the continued delivery of a high-quality immunisation service.
The Department for Education and the Department for Health and Wellbeing have a formal agreement with joint responsibilities for the support and provision of the SIP.
The SIP school contact enables the delivery and support of immunisation services in a safe and effective way.
The SIP acts as a liaison between the SIP provider, school staff and students.
The education school checklist (Word 85KB) includes the activities that promote and assist the coordination of the SIP. The notices for school newsletters (Word 69KB) can assist the school to communicate with parents.
In South Australia, adolescent vaccination is delivered in high school based programs.
The following vaccines are offered to all Year 8 students over 2 separate visits, with a minimum of 6 months in between:
- a 2 dose course of Gardasil®9, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (given 6 months apart)
- one dose of Boostrix®, the diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough vaccine.
In 2019, the School Immunisation Program will be expanded to include:
- a 2 dose course of meningococcal B vaccine (given 6 months apart)
- One dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine
Year 11 (2019 only)
- a 2 dose course of meningococcal B vaccine (given two months apart)
To be eligible to receive free vaccines under the SIP, students must be enrolled in Years 8, 10 or 11 in 2019.
Home-schooled children are also eligible to receive the free recommended vaccines.
If students are under 20 years of age and miss their SIP vaccinations, they can receive any missed vaccines for free.
For more information visit the SA Health School Immunisation program page or contact your immunisation provider or SA Health Immunisation on 1300 232 272.
The SIP provider submits annual data to SA Health on the number of students immunised. SA Health uses this to measure the success of the statewide immunisation program.
Disability and complex needs team
Phone: 8226 3620
Email: education.health [at] sa.gov.au