Campaign

School immunisations

The school-based immunisation programme provides free ‘Boostrix’ and ‘HPV’ immunisations for children in Year 7 and Year 8 to protect them against several serious diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and most cancers caused by HPV.

The programme is available through schools or general practices. It is a convenient way for most families to ensure that their children are protected against serious diseases. To support this, a campaign will be live from 17 February 2019 on TV On Demand, YouTube and other online channels. 

The campaign encourages parents to sign and return the consent form to allow their child to get immunised at school. Find out more about the campaign below and download the communications pack so you can promote the campaign in your communities.

Protect your child against serious diseases and most cancers caused by HPV

  • Boostrix Immunisation (or TDap) is typically offered to students in Year 7 and protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. It increases the protection children received through their earlier childhood immunisations by boosting their immunity to these diseases. Boostrix is delivered as a single injection.
  • Human Papillomavirus Immunisation (or HPV) is typically offered to students in Year 8 and protects against most cancers caused by HPV including cervical cancer and head, neck and throat cancers, which can affect men and women. It takes two doses to be protected against HPV. Those beginning vaccination at age 15 years or older need three doses.

Key Messages

Immunise your child in Year 7 and Year 8 to protect them against several serious diseases like tetanus and whooping cough, and most cancers caused by HPV
Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect your child against serious diseases
HPV is a common infection which can be serious and lead to cancer in both men and women later in life
Check your child’s school bag for the consent form for you read, sign and return to school
Protect your child, remember to sign and return the consent form to school
Immunisation is free and it's available at school or from your general practice
By immunising your child in Year 7 and 8 you can help protect their future health
For more information, visit health.govt.nz/schoolimmunisations

Audience

The campaign communicates with parents and caregivers of children in Year 7 and 8. It aims to increase awareness and protect children against serious diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, and highlghts the risk of HPV infection, which is serious and can lead to cancer in later life.

The campaign encourages parents and caregivers to get their child immunised at school as part of the free national school immunisation programme.