News

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Next round of major works for Bruce Hwy upgrade

Previous works at the Traveston section of the Bruce Hwy.

Works on Cooroy to Curra Section C upgrade enter new phase

Fishermen using 'machine guns' to scare: ALP candidate

INTIMIDATION CLAIM: Labor Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton says net fishers are using guns to intimidate Teewah and Noosa North Shore residents and visitors.

Teewah netters accused of defying weapons and environment laws

32 more fabulous things to do these school holidays

There's no reason for Gympie kids to be bored these school holidays.

There's no reason for Gympie kids to be bored these school holidays

Latest deals and offers

Fire fighter first on scene at Monkland house fire

Gympie fire fighter Steve Evans was among the first on the scene at the house fire...

Family friends spread word on fundraising for Dean family

Chloe Whish-Wilson and Georgia Rose-Donachie speak about the fundraising efforts...

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%