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). In 2016, Queensland (and
other Australian jurisdictions) experienced a substantial rise of meningococcal disease caused by
Meningococcal strains W and Y.
The Queensland government is funding a time limited Men W program for young people aged 15 to 19 years and a Year 10 school program. This program is limited until 31st May 2018. Any young person aged 15 to 19yrs presenting at GP practices are eligible for a free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
The School Immunisation Program (SIP) is delivered at Gold Coast secondary schools by Gold Coast Health each year. The school Immunisation Program offers free vaccinations for protection against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough), for children in year seven including adolescents being home-schooled or attending special school.
Recommended vaccines for Year 7 in 2017
|Human Papillomavirus (HPV vaccine)
||3 doses – 0, 2 & 6 months
|Diptheria, tetanus & pertussis (Boostrix vaccine)
Recommended vaccines for Year 10 (June 2017 to 31st May 2018)
|Meningococcal ACWY (Menactra® or Menveo® vaccine)
It is important that all immunisations are provided in the same year the vaccine is offered in the school program. Students in Year 8 or Year 9 in 2017 who miss a dose at school are eligible for free HPV vaccine up to the end of the year, from either their GP or Public Immunisation Clinic Remember, all three doses are needed for best protection.
Consent forms will be supplied to schools for distribution to students for parental consent to be returned to the school as soon as possible.
Please contact the immunisation team if you would like further information on the School Immunisation Program on 1800 940 750 or email: email@example.com
Further information for parents/guardians can be found here
What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a highly contagious virus transmitted through sexual contact. It can affect both males and females and it is estimated that four out of five people will have a HPV infection at some point in their lives.
HPV does not usually cause symptoms, so people infected with the virus often do not know they have it. The more harmful types of HPV can cause abnormal cells associated with a wide range of cancers, including penile, anal, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers. Other types of HPV can cause genital warts.
HPV infection can be prevented by vaccination.
About the vaccine
The HPV vaccine provides highly effective protection against the four types of HPV that have been shown to cause the development of cancers and genital warts affecting both males and females. The vaccine has been tested to ensure it is safe for males and females, and more than seven million doses have been distributed in Australia to date.
The immunisation involves an injection administered three times over a six-month period. It is important to complete the full course of three doses to ensure the best possible protection against HPV.
More information is also available by accessing the 2017 Immunisation information pack at www.hpvvaccine.org.au or www.hpv.health.gov.au
If you are travelling overseas you should make an appointment with your doctor for a basic health check-up six to eight weeks before you depart to ﬁnd out if any vaccinations or further health checks are required for your destination.
It’s important to ensure you have the correct vaccinations for your trip and any booster doses of childhood vaccinations you may need.
Vaccines can prevent you from contracting some diseases, but it’s also important to remember:
- New vaccines are constantly being released but diseases continue to evolve.
- Vaccinations may be an entry requirement of some countries so check with the foreign mission of the countries you are intending to visit or transit. In some countries you may be refused entry or required to have the vaccination at the border. Ideally you should have any vaccinations prior to leaving Australia.
- New diseases can appear suddenly, as happened with the outbreak of the pandemic inﬂuenza (H1N1) in 2009. Check the latest travel advice and travel bulletins for your destination before you depart and while travelling so you can ensure you have the latest information.
For more information about travel vaccinations check out Smart Traveller's "Travelling Well" health brochure and visit the Smart Traveller website.
Immunisations & Pregnancy
View the Immunisation Coaloition's Video on Vaccination During Pregnancy is available to view via the below link.
Video - Vaccinations in Pregnancy
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Dr Paul Van Buynder presentation on Zostavax and treatment of the shingles
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GPGC chair Dr Lisa Beecham presentation on Zostavax case studies
General Practice Gold Coast chair Dr Lisa Beecham explores a number of zostavax case studies.
Gold Coast Health Public Health Physician Dr Paul Van Buynder answers some common questions about the influenza vaccine.
Influenza Q&A - YouTube Movie by Dr Paul Van Buyner
Prevention in Residential Care Facilities
Prevention in Residential Care Facilities 2016 - YouTube Movie by Dr Paul Van Buyner
School Immunisation Program - HPV Vaccination
HPV Vaccination video by Gold Coast Public Health physician, professor Paul Gaston Van Buynder with Professor Julia Brotherton, Medical Director at the Australian HPV Vaccination Register.
HPV in boys vaccination video by Gold Coast Public Health physician, professor Paul Gaston Van Buynder with Professor Julia Brotherton, Medical Director at the Australian HPV Vaccination Register.