Adolescence is an important time to consider the risk of vaccine preventable disease and the benefits of immunisation. This includes providing ‘booster’ doses of vaccines against diseases previously protected against in infancy, as well as protection against other diseases such as the Human Papillomavirus and Meningococcal disease.

These vaccines are often administered as part of a secondary school based program, but can also be obtained via local council immunisation sessions or through your GP.


Authors: Nigel Crawford (Director, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Mel Addison (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Reviewed by: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: July 2020

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