Immunisations

 

Break O’Day Council runs The School Based Immunisation Program at St Helens and St Marys Schools in accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule.

“The Tasmanian School Based Immunisation Program is an extremely important measure delivered under the auspices of the Public Health Act 1997. The Department of Health and Human Service and Council are committed to providing eligible secondary school students with the funded vaccines.”

 

The School Based Immunisation Program for 2017 includes Year 7 students -

Vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program (Tasmania) are HPV (3x injections) and dTpa vaccinations. Immunisation dates for 2017 are for both St Helens and St Marys District High Schools:

 

               Term One - Thursday 23 March - HPV and dTpa (including catch-ups)

               Term Two - Thursday 18 May - HPV (including catch-ups)

               Term Four - Thursday 16 November - HPV (including catch-ups)     

 

Catch-up vaccinations are also available to all school-aged children. If your child has missed any scheduled doses, Council will keep your child on the program and attempt to vaccinate them on our next visit or you are able to visit your local Doctor to administer. Vaccines will still be available for collection from Council. If you are new to the area, a new form will need to be completed for the vaccinations required. Please contact the Council’s Immunisation Officer to arrange.

An Immunisation Certificate of vaccinations administered by the Council through the School Based Program is available upon request.

If you have any questions regarding the School Immunisation Program please contact Council's Immunisation Officer on 03 6376 7900 or via email admin@bodc.tas.gov.au

 

Contact numbers for Medical Centres:

St Helens General Practice-       03 6376 1777                           St Marys Community Health-      03 6372 2111

East Coast Medical-                   03 6372 5614                           Hub4Health-                              03 6376 2971

 

Given our population is quite small and spread out, it is not viable for Council to undertake infant immunisation sessions and these are carried out by the local Medical Centre on a regular basis.

At times, other immunisation programs are provided, such as a Meningococcal outbreak. These will be available under the request and guidance of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Tasmanian Public Health Act 1997 includes provisions that require Schools and Childcare Centres provide proof of vaccination details of children attending.

Non vaccinated children are not restricted access. However, in the event of an outbreak of a disease being controlled by a vaccination program, they will not be able to attend the school or child care facility until such time as the outbreak is controlled. Such exclusions can continue for extended periods of time.

Further information can be obtained from The Department of Health and Human Services:

TAS: 1800 671 738

www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/immunisation

 

Useful Links

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/content/handbook10-home

Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register