Protection against infectious diseases
The Department of Health recommends that children entering school should be immunised. This is particularly important because your child will be coming into contact with many other children and infections can spread very easily.
Children starting school who have not already had booster immunisation should have:
- one booster injection against diphtheria and tetanus (CDT)
- one booster dose of polio vaccine by mouth (Sabin)
- one injection of measles/mumps vaccine if they have not already had measles or been immunised against the disease.
Immunisation is available from your family doctor, from many council clinics and from some community health centres. Dates and times of clinics may be obtained from the council.
School requires an immunisation certificate for every enrolled child. Parents obtain these from their local doctor or health centre when their child is immunised. Children enrolling in Years 1-6 need to obtain a copy of the immunisation certificate from their previous school or a new certificate from their current doctor.
This certificate should attest that your child has been immunised against:
- diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough (Triple Antigen)
- polio (Sabin oral vaccine)
Any child for whom the school does not have an immunisation certificate must be excluded from school over any period where cases of infections arise within the school. The Health Department or the school will notify you at the time.
Please make arrangements to lodge your immunisation certificate on the first day of school, if you have not already provided it to the school office.