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Shot in the arm for Gympie health

IT’S IMPORTANT: Dr Rod Day gives a vaccination injection to 15-year-old Brittany Marriott of Tin Can Bay, who will be starting Year 11 at Gympie State High School this year.
IT’S IMPORTANT: Dr Rod Day gives a vaccination injection to 15-year-old Brittany Marriott of Tin Can Bay, who will be starting Year 11 at Gympie State High School this year. Greg Miller

AS HIGH school students around the region finish packing their bags and labelling books, they will also steady their nerves for important vaccines.

Gympie Regional Health Officer Dr Rodney Day will be conducting a free government school-based vaccination program throughout the year at Gympie high schools.

Year 8 boys and girls will be offered boostrix, chickenpox and the human papillomavirus (Gardasil) vaccines.

Year 10 students will also be offered boostrix, which included immunisation against tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough.

Channon Street Medical Centre registered nurse Marg Deluca said this round of vaccinations would complete childhood vaccines.

"It completes what they started when they were two months old," she said.

"It puts them in good stead for their adulthood."

Tin Can Bay teenager Brittany Marriott, 15, has already received her needles before she begins Year 11 at Gympie State High School next week.

Brittany's lead is an improtant one to follow because the classrooms are also known to be a breeding ground for germs.

Ms Deluca said it was important to ensure every child was protected to stop the spread of disease.

"We want to keep the region protected with a high percentage of a vaccinated population," she said.

Consent forms will be given to students next week, beginning Tuesday.

Ms Deluca urged parents to be on the lookout for the forms, which she said sometimes sink to the bottom of school bags, long forgotten.

Students who do not return forms cannot receive vaccinations.

For more information call 5482 1555.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie, health, vaccination




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