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, also an additional program for teenagers aged between 15-19 years-

Vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program (Tasmania) are HPV (3x injections) and dTpa vaccinations. An additional vaccine was approved in June for teenagers aged 15-19 years for Meningococcal W vaccination. 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 Three - Thursday 7 September  - Meningococcal W**See Note

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


**NOTE:     Free Meningococcal W Vaccination Program for Grade 10, 11 and                     12 in 2017 and Grade 10 in 2018.


The Tasmania Government is funding a free Meningococcal W Vaccine for teenagers aged 15-19 years in 2017 and Grade 10 students in 2018.

The program will commence during Terms Three 2017 and run until 30 April 2018 and will be administered at your school. A catch-up clinic will be held at both schools on Thursday 16 November 2017.

The vaccine provides protection against four strains of Meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is given as a single dose.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe bacterial infection that can cause lifelong disability or death and can affect people at any age.

Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the nose and throat of some healthy people and are spread through close prolonged contact. The bacteria are more commonly found in teenagers and young adults. Adolescents are at increased risk of Meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal W has increased significantly across Australia from 2014 onwards. In Tasmania, cases have more than tripled in 2016 compared with previous years. Tasmania has a higher rate of Meningococcal W disease than other states. Meningococcal W is now the most common meningococcal strain in Tasmania.

You will receive further information and a consent form during term three. Please complete the consent for and return to your school.

To learn more about meningococcal disease and the Meningococcal W Vaccination Program, visit

If you have any questions regarding the School Immunisation Program please contact Councils Immunisation Coordinator on 6376 7900.


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 Coordinator on 6376 7900 or via email


Contact numbers for Medical Centres:

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

East Coast Medical-                    6372 5614                            Hub4Health-                                     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


Useful Links

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)