Federal Department of Health HPV School Vaccination Program
The national Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program began in 2007 to protect females against HPV infections that can lead to cancer and disease later in life. Studies have since shown a substantial drop in HPV-related infection among the vaccinated group.
The free HPV vaccine is available to males and females aged 12-13 years in schools. Males aged 14-15 years are also able to get the vaccine at school in 2014. Parents or guardians are required to complete a consent form and return it to their child’s school to participate in the program.
Once a child’s parent or guardian has consented, the vaccine is given as three injections over a period of six months by qualified immunisation providers. It is important to complete the full course – all three doses – for the best protection.