The uptake of adolescent vaccinations through the School Immunisation Program in specialist schools in Victoria, Australia
Jenny O'Neill, Fiona Newall, Giuliana Antolovich, Sally Lima, Margie Danchin
VACCINE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: As part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) students in Australia receive adolescent immunisations through the School Immunisation Program at 12 to 13 years. For children with disabilities attending specialist schools, no vaccine uptake data is collected at this time point. We aimed to determine uptake of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisations amongst young people with disabilities in specialist schools in Victoria. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in Victoria, Australia. Data was collected on immunisation days in the 2017 school year from specialist schools in Victoria. The school immunisation coordinator entered ..View full abstract
Jenny O'Neill was funded to undertake this research as part of a PhD with a Research and Training Stipend through The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, and the Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research Group Galli Trust through The Murdoch Research Institute, Melbourne and a grant from DHHS Immunisation Section, Victoria. Funding sources did not have input into design of research, analysis and interpretation of the data or writing of the report.