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December 2012

2013 school vax changes

There will be changes to the secondary school vaccine program for students in Year 7 and boys in Year 9 in 2013.

The current human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine program will be extended so both boys and girls in Year 7 will benefit from the free Gardasil vaccine.

A catch up program will also be available for boys in Year 9.

This two-year, time-limited, school-based program will occur in 2013 and 2014, giving all boys aged between 12 and 15 the opportunity to be vaccinated against HPV.

The hepatitis B vaccine will no longer be administered in Year 7 of secondary school, as most Year 7 students will have had the vaccine when they were infants.

A catch-up vaccine for Year 7 students, who have not completed a course of the hepatitis B vaccine, will be available outside of a school-based program.

Students who may not have had the hepatitis B vaccine as an infant include those who were born overseas, those who started school a year later than other children or those who repeated a year of school.

This small cohort of eligible students can be vaccinated by their doctor or local council immunisation service until the end of 2013.

•             For more information contact local council immunisation services or doctors or visit www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation.