Shots on offer back at school
WHILE the back-to-school excitement is building for children across the region, parents are reminded about free vaccinations on offer for high-school students and are being warned against "misleading" counter- evidence.
The Queensland School Immunisation Program, available to all state and non-state secondary schools, is on offer again this year.
South West Hospital and Health Service spokesman Ninette Johnstone said the program gave students an opportunity to have scheduled shots at school, to protect them against serious diseases.
"HPV and diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines are offered in year 7, while meningococcal ACWY is offered to Year 10s," Ms Johnstone said
"These scheduled vaccinations are extremely important and effective.
"It's important immunisations are given on time or as close as possible to the due date in accordance with the Queensland immunisation schedule.
Ms Johnstone said the success of the program depended on parents, who had to give consent for the children to receive immunisations.
"They are provided with information about diseases, and the benefits of immun- isation. If parents decide to do their own research immunisation, they should beware of misguided and misleading information."