Public Health offers in-school immunizations
(Saint John) October 2, 2015 - The 2015-2016 In-school Immunization Campaign will begin this fall. Students in grades seven, nine, and ten in Saint John and surrounding areas will be offered vaccine to protect them from disease. Immunizations offered by Public Health and in collaboration with Anglophone School District South are as follows:
- New this year, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for grade nine and ten students who were born in 2000 and 2001 who have not received two doses of varicella vaccine or who have not had chickenpox disease.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for grade seven girls to protect against HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. It is a two-dose series given six months apart. Girls with a weakened immune system should receive three doses.
- Tdap (Tetanus/lockjaw), Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine for all grade seven students who have not received it in the last five years.
- Meningitis vaccine that protects against four types of meningitis for all grade nine students.
The best way to protect against vaccine preventable diseases is through immunization.
Information and consent forms for immunizations will be sent home with all grades seven, nine and ten students. Signed consent forms need to be returned to the school.
For more information about the In-school Immunization Campaign, please call 506-658-2454 for the Saint John area, 506-432-2003 for the Sussex area and 506-466-7504 for the Charlotte County area.
FOR BROADCAST USE:
- Public Health Nurses will offer in-school immunization clinics this fall to grades seven, nine and ten students in Saint John and surrounding areas. Vaccines are free of charge and will protect youth against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis and cervical cancer. New this year, a varicella vaccine is offered to protect against chickenpox. For details, parents can contact their local Public Health Offices in Saint John, Sussex, St. George, Grand Manan or St. Stephen.