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Keep an eye out for vax consent forms

Published: 22 January 2016

Keep an eye out for vax consent forms

Students returning to and starting high school in 2016 will soon be taking consent forms home to enable them to receive free life-saving immunisations at school.

All Logan students in Year 7 and Year 8 are eligible to be immunised to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV), varicella (chicken pox) and a combination diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough.

Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Councillor Trevina Schwarz, encouraged all parents with children in years 7 and 8 to ask their children to provide them with the forms, or check Council’s website for when immunisations are scheduled.

“These vaccines can protect not only your child, but will help protect the most vulnerable in our community – babies, infants and those who cannot be immunised – from a range of potentially life-threatening, and easily prevented, diseases,” she said.

“Additionally, the HPV immunisation has been proven to help protect men and women of all ages from a range of cancers.

“Logan City Council provides this service in school, free of charge, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government.

“I would strongly encourage all families with children starting high school this year to take up the offer of free immunisations.”

All immunisations are in line with National Immunisation Program recommendations.

Lost forms can be replaced by visiting Council’s website at www.logan.qld.gov.au/immunisation or call 13 HEALTH for more health-specific information.