The Queensland School Immunisation Program offers every Year 10 student in Queensland free immunisation against meningococcal ACWY as part of the National Immunisation Program.
Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe infection that can cause death within 24 hours or profound life-long disability (brain damage, hearing loss, limb loss).
Some of the highest rates of meningococcal disease occur among 15 to 19 year olds and this age group can transmit the meningococcal bacteria to people who are at increased risk of infection, including young children.
Signed parent/legal guardian/authorised person consent for the vaccine is required. Consent forms have been given to all Year 10 students. Please return the Vaccination Consent card by Wednesday 22 June through your Form Teacher or by email to the school office.
To make sure all Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to participate, the Public Health Act 2005 authorises school principals to disclose student and parent information to the school immunisation provider so they can follow up with parent/legal guardian or authorised person of students who do not return a consent card.
- Read and complete the Vaccination Consent card making sure you sign and date your consent to the vaccination
- Return the completed and signed Vaccination Consent card to your child’s school by Wednesday 22 June.
- If you do not want your child to be vaccinated through the school program, complete the ‘No to Vaccination’ section on the consent card and return it to school.
Further information is available on the Information Sheet. The Vaccination Clinic Date is Monday 25 July.