A Free Jab and Peace of Mind: Start Uni Life by Protecting Your Health

With the HSC now a history lesson, students beginning their university studies this month are being asked to protect their health by getting vaccinated.

Vaccination is free for everyone up to the age of 19, giving teenagers embarking on university, TAFE or a job a fresh opportunity to get their shots.

All teenagers are eligible for free routine childhood and adolescent vaccines at their GP, under the National Immunisation Program.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard added that NSW Health funds a range of extra free catch-up vaccinations on top of those covered in the national program.

“The first few weeks at Uni are an exciting time for students, why not make sure you have all your recommended jabs as you set out on your next adventure in life,” Mr Hazzard said.

”If you have missed out up until now, here’s a chance to play catch up and the best thing is that, in doing so, you will build immunity and the vaccine won’t cost you a cent.”

“It’s free before you turn 20 including shots funded by the NSW Government to protect against meningococcal ACWY, and the measles even if you’re older.”

“If you’re not sure which vaccinations you’ve already received, it’s also safe to get another dose.”

Teenagers aged over 14 and who aren’t fully vaccinated can receive vaccines without parental consent if the medical practitioner is satisfied they understand what they are doing.

NSW has achieved its highest vaccination rates ever thanks to record investment in innovative immunisation programs, including almost $130 million in the 2018-19 Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and State vaccines.

For more information on getting your catch-up vaccinations visit:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/pages/default.aspx