Adolescence is an important time to consider the risk of vaccine preventable disease and the benefits of immunisation. This includes ‘booster’ doses of vaccines against diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), as the immune system needs to be enhanced against certain diseases we are 1st protected against in infancy and early childhood. In addition, adolescent females and males are recommended to receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), [GardasilTM] vaccine, a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer, as well as other ano-genital and oro-pharyngeal (head, mouth and neck) cancers.

These vaccines are often administered as part of a secondary school based program. The current vaccine recommendations are on our Immunisation Schedule app.


The Victorian Department of Health has helped to develop an interactive resource ‘Immune Hero’, a one-stop-shop addressing immunisation queries for young people of secondary school age. It provides a credible source of information for teachers, students and their parents.

Visit Immune Hero online

Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Date: July 2014
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.

Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.