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Public Health offers in-school immunizations

(Saint John) September 30, 2016 - The 2016-2017 In-school Immunization Campaign will begin this fall. Students in grades seven and nine 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:

Vaccine

Protects Against

For

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer.

Grade seven girls

Two-dose series given six months apart. Girls with a weakened immune system should receive three doses.

Tdap vaccine

(tetanus/lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)

All grade seven students who have not received it in the last five years.

Meningitis vaccine for

four types of meningitis

All grade nine students.

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

chickenpox

Grade nine students born 2000 or later who have not received two doses of varicella vaccine or have not had natural chickenpox disease after the age of one year.

 

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 and nine students. All consent forms need to be signed and 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.

 

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For more information contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Senior Media Relations Advisor
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca 

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