Vaccines need parents consent

Last updated 12:00 21/02/2014

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Public health nurses are preparing to embark on another busy year of pupils immunisations in the MidCentral District Health Board region.

Sixteen public health nurses will carry out about 5500 vaccinations at 73 schools in the district, over three rounds starting next week, and continuing for most of the year.

Information sheets and consent forms are being sent home with pupils for the year 7 Boostrix immunisation programme, and the year 8 girls' Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme.

Parents are asked to check their children's bags if they haven't seen the forms, read the material provided, and return the forms to their schools as soon as possible.

Boostrix, also known as the year 11 immunisations or Tdap, is an immunisation to boost all children's protection against tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough.

Children are given one vaccine injection in the upper arm which helps the body's immune system to produce its own protection against the three diseases.

Year 8 girls will also receive information and consent forms about the HPV vaccination programme.

The programme is a course of three injections and is offered free to females aged 12 to 20 to protect them from the most common cause of cervical cancer and genital warts.

For more information about the vaccinations contact your public health nurse on 0800 153042, family doctor or visit health.govt.nz/immunisation.

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- Manawatu Standard

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