Immunisation Update

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is running a catch-up campaign to reach school leavers and their parents and caregivers. During Term 4 we would like to remind 16 and 17-year-olds to check they are up to date with their immunisations. Most immunisations are free until they turn 18.

These are the key messages for school leavers and their parents and caregivers:

  1. Immunisation is the best protection against many serious but preventable diseases.
  2. Immunisation helps protect you, your family, your friends and your community.
  3. It’s best to be immunised on time, every time, but it’s never too late to start if you’ve missed any immunisations.
  4. Immunisation is free until you turn 19.
  5. It’s not too late for girls to be protected against cervical cancer with HPV immunisation if you missed out in Year 8.
  6. If you’re leaving school, now is a good time to check you’re up to date with your immunisations, before you start work, study or travel.
  7. Don’t assume you’re immune! Speak to your school nurse or family doctor to make sure you’re protected. Visit for more information.

Click here for a useful fact sheet on immunisations.