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Strong public support for school-based immunisation

Thursday, 20 June 2013
Author: Marketing and Communications Office, The University of Adelaide

South Australians believe that a school-based immunisation program is the best way to vaccinate teenagers, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

The study, published in this month's issue of the journal Vaccine, was aimed at better understanding attitudes towards school-based immunisation programs compared with the family GP, council clinics and other programs and centres.

The project sought the views of South Australian adults and involved researchers from the Robinson Institute, the Schools of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health and Population Health at the University of Adelaide, SA Health, the SA Department for Education and Child Development, and the University of Sydney.

Of more than 1800 adults interviewed, 76% regarded schools as the best place for adolescents to receive their immunisations. Support for school-based immunisation was strongest among parents of children currently at high school, with 88% saying school is the best place for their teens to be vaccinated.

High school-based immunisation programs have been in place in Australia since the 1970s. In 2007, Australia became the first country in the world to introduce an annual vaccination program in high schools for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is passed through sexual contact and can lead to cancers and other disease. This year, the program was extended to include boys as well as girls.

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Associate Prof Helen Marshall (email)
Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide and
Director, Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
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