Adolescence is an important time to consider the risk of vaccine preventable disease and the benefits of immunisation. This includes providing ‘booster’ doses of vaccines against diseases previously protected against in infancy, as well as protection against other diseases such as the Human Papilloma Virus and Meningococcal disease.

These vaccines are often administered as part of a secondary school based program. .


Immune Hero -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.

MVEC Meningococcal Disease

MVEC Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)


Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne), Mel Addison (SAEFVIC Research Nurse), Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse)
Date: January 2018
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.