Immunisation

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Childhood immunisation programs

The Department's Community Care & Health Centres, Non-Government Health Centres and some General Practitioners* provide the vaccines included on the National Immunisation Program free to children in the Northern Territory.

Parents of children attending school in the Northern Territory should supply their school with a copy of their child's immunisation record.  If your child has not supplied an immunisation record or is not up to date with his/her vaccines, they may be excluded from school if an outbreak occurs. This is done to prevent any further spread of the disease and to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications of that disease.

For more information download: Immunisation information for parents (Adobe PDF document - 25KB)  | DOCX (35KB)

For information about vaccine side effects and their management download: Vaccine side effects (Adobe PDF document - 105KB) I RTF (43KB)

Adult immunisation programs

Departmental Community Care/Health Centres, Non-Government Health Centres and some General Practitioners* provide some vaccines free to adults in the Northern Territory.

*Please note that some General Practitioners may charge a consultation fee. For a list of GPs who offer childhood vaccines please contact 8982 1000 for
advice.

Vaccines that are free and recommended for adults in the Northern Territory include:

VaccineFree and recommended for these groups of adults in NT
Influenza

Download factsheet for more informationInfluenza and its prevention (Adobe PDF document - 238KB) | RTF (91KB)

  • All people 65 years and over
  • All Indigenous adults 15 years and over
  • All pregnant women
  • Anyone over 6 months of age with medical conditions that increase their risk of severe influenza
  • The seasonal influenza vaccine program  provides additional information on risk groups and vaccination clinics 
Pneumococcal vaccine

Download factsheet for more informationPneumococcal disease (Adobe PDF document - 929KB) | RTF (62KB)

MMR
(Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • People born after 1966 who have not been vaccinated
Diptheria, Tetanus
  • At age 50 years or after a tetanus prone injury
Whooping cough (pertussis)

Download factsheet for more information: Pertussis (Adobe PDF document - 191KB) | RTF (1476KB)

  • All new mothers as soon as possible after delivery of the new baby (the vaccine is not to given to women during pregnancy)
  • All fathers and carers in the same household of an infant under the age of 7 months (the vaccine can be given to this group from the time the expectant mother has reached 28 weeks in the pregnancy.
    The booster vaccination is free for the above clients and can be obtained from a GP, remote health clinic or Community Care Centre.
HPV
  • HPV is given as a 3 dose course over 6 months. 
  • The vaccine is offered free as part of the school immunisation program. 
  • The HPV program has been extended to include boys in February 2013.

For more information and resources please visit the Australian Commonwealth Government website http://www.australia.gov.au/hpv   and the Cancer Council Australia website http://www.hpvvaccine.org.au

Many other vaccines can be recommended for people working in some occupations and people with medical conditions/diseases.
These vaccines are often not provided free to the patient and require a prescription to be issued from a general practitioner and the vaccine purchased privately. 

School immunisation programs

Some vaccines are offered to students attending schools throughout the NT. A consent form is issued prior to the event and vaccinations are given by nurses attending the school on organised days. If a child does not attend school, the vaccine can be administered at an age appropriate time at an alternative health facility.

Vaccine

All forms below should be returned to the student's school.

Pneumococcal vaccine

Download consent formPneumococcal Vaccination (Adobe PDF document - 1081KB) | RTF (42KB)

  • Indigenous students in Year 10 (15 years old) are offered this vaccine.
  • Pneumococcal disease is more common in Indigenous Australians.
Diphtheria tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine

Download consent formDiphtheria Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination (Adobe PDF document - 872KB) | RTF (42KB)

  • All students in Year 8 (13 years old) are offered this vaccine.
  • An increase in the number of young adolescents with whooping cough has seen the need for the introduction of a booster dose of this vaccine.
Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine

Download consent form: Varicella Chickenpox Vaccination (Adobe PDF document - 751KB) | RTF (43KB)

  • All students in Year 8 ( 13 years old) who have never had chicken pox vaccination or disease are offered this vaccine.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

Download school consent form:
 Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Adobe PDF document - 870KB) | RTF (43KB)

Download remote community consent form:
Human papillomavirus needle consent form (Adobe PDF document - 121KB) | RTF (66KB)

  • Girls and boys in Year 7 (12 years old) are offered the HPV vaccine. This vaccine protects against genital cancers including cervical cancer and also genital warts.
  • Boys in Year 9 will be offered the vaccine as part of a catch-up program in 2013 and 2014.
  • Boys aged 15 years who are not in Year 9 can receive free vaccine by attending a Community Care Centre or GP surgery.

For more information and resources please visit the Australian Commonwealth Government website http://www.australia.gov.au/hpv   and the Cancer Council Australia website http://www.hpvvaccine.org.au

Influenza vaccine

Download influenza school consent form:  Influenza school consent form (Adobe PDF document - 561KB)

  • This vaccine is NOT routinely given as a school based program but may be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students ( including boarders) who are 15 years of age and older if requested. Yearly vaccination is recommended.

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Legislation for vaccine providers

In accordance with the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Act 2012, all nurses, midwives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Practitioners administering vaccines in the Northern Territory without the order of a medical practitioner, should ensure that they meet the requirements under the Prescribed qualifications to supply or administer or possess vaccinations. Prescribed Qualifications to supply or administer or possess vaccinations (Adobe PDF document - 98KB)

 In addition, all vaccine providers should refer to their individual workplace "Scheduled Substance Treatment Protocol" (SSTP) for the guidelines relating to the administration of vaccines in their workplace. SSTP's are printed in various issues of the Government Gazette.

All nurses, midwives and ATSHIPs must be competent and adhere to the indications, restrictions and contraindications identified for the use of any vaccine included in the SSTP. Any care provided outside the scope of the related documents referred to in the SSTP must be discussed with a medical officer at the time.