School immunisations

The school-based immunisation programme provides free ‘Boostrix’ and ‘HPV’ immunisations for children in Year 7 and Year 8 to protect them against several serious diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and most cancers caused by HPV.

The programme is available through schools or general practices. It is a convenient way for families to ensure that their children are protected against serious diseases. This includes HPV (Human papillomavirus). HPV can cause cancer in both men and women. Immunisation protects against most cancers caused by HPV. The vaccine protects against nine strains of HPV responsible for cervical and some other cancers, and genital warts. Protection is long lasting, so immunisation at age 11 or 12-years-old protects well into adulthood.

To support this, a campaign will be live from February on TV On Demand, YouTube and other online channels.



The campaign encourages parents and caregivers to sign and return the consent form to allow children aged 11 to 12-years-old to get immunised at school.

We have free resources for schools and immunisation coordinators to raise awareness in their community and to encourage parents and caregivers to get their children immunised.