Public Health

Immunisation

 

The 2018 Immunisation Program (PDF 49kb) involves public immunisation sessions at venues across the Shire.

Please note: from 1 January 2018 the venues have changed for the Cowes and Wonthaggi public immunisation sessions. The Cowes session will be held in the main hall at the Cowes Cultural Centre and the Wonthaggi session will be held in the Old Wonthaggi Post Office, Corner Watt Street & McBride Avenue - next to the Shire Offices.

We provide the National Immunisation Program Schedule for new members of our community, children ages 2 months to 4 years, and the Secondary School Program to protect against future diseases. Adult members of the community may attend sessions by prior arrangement and receive immunisations against diseases such as Pertussis (whooping cough) and Hepatitis A and B. These are not schedule funded vaccines and must be pre-ordered and prepaid at one of our Customer Service Centres one week prior to attending a Public Immunisation Session.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. The risks of these diseases are far greater than the very small risks of immunisation.

Funded vaccines are available under the National Immunisation Program and are given by injection.

 

Immunisation History Statement

All children starting school at prep level will need to have an Immunisation History Statement for enrolment purposes. These statements are automatically sent out to your last registered Medicare postal address by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register when your child turns one, two and five years of age. The five years of age statement is required for school enrolment purposes. Parents can also request a statement direct from the register by calling 1800 653 809 or from Medicare.

 

Your child: what immunisations at what age

Age Diseases
Birth Hepatitis B
2 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus 
4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus 
6 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus 
12 months Measles/mumps/rubella
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Meningococcal C
18 months
 
Chickenpox
4 years Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/polio
Measles/mumps/rubella
Yr 7 Secondary School Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, Human papillomavirus
Yr 10 Secondary School

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis


Adult Immunisations

Age Diseases
50 Diphtheria, tetanus

 

What to bring to an immunisation session

When attending a public immunisation session at either Cowes, Grantville or Wonthaggi please bring along the following to ensure a smooth and fast process for you and your child/ren.

  • Child’s Health and Development Record Book (green book)
  • Medicare Card

If you have not previously attended a Bass Coast Shire Council immunisation session, you will need complete a consent card prior to vaccination.

You will be asked to take a seat and wait for 15 minutes after all vaccinations to ensure your child doesn't develope a reaction to the vaccine/s so please allow time for this.

 

What if my child is unwell prior to immunisation?

Please seek advice from your child's doctor if your child is unwell prior to attending an immunisation session. Anyone with a temperature of 38.5degrees and above will NOT be vaccinated. If you are unsure, the nurses on the day will advise whether or not they can proceed with the vaccination.

 

Catch up program

If your child's immunisations are not up to date your GP can develop a catch up program with you. Please contact our Health Department if you have questions about a catch up schedule. Please ensure you have a catch up program before you attend a public infant immunisation session. Immunisation catch up programs take time to develop and we cannot develop a program with you during an infant immunisation session.

 

No Jab No Play - Information for Parents

All parents/guardians planning to enrol their child at childcare or kindergarten in Victoria must provide the service with evidence that their child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

Your GP or immunisation nurse will refer to national clinical guidelines to determine what vaccines are recommended at what age, what needs to be on a catch-up program and what is considered a valid medical reason not to be fully immunised.

The ‘No Jab No Play’ law applies to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide:

  • long day care
  • kindergarten
  • occasional care
  • family day care

For more information visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jab-no-play

LINKS

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/healthyliving/immunisation

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/

http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/

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