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Immunisation

We provide funded vaccines, available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to members of our community, children ages 2 months to 4 years, and Secondary School students.

Immunisation from an early age is highly recommended for all Australian children. Having your child immunised helps to protect them from the most serious childhood infections, some of which may threaten their lives.

Routine childhood immunisations help to protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal ACWY disease, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) and influenza.

In line with the National Immunisation Program we provide childhood immunisations (2 months - 4 years of age) as recommended for all children in Australia, free of charge. Some groups are more at risk than others in the community and may need additional vaccinations.

We also run Public Immunisation Sessions on a monthly basis in Cowes, Grantville and Wonthaggi.

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 children.

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

If you have not previously attended one of our immunisation sessions, 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 develop 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 38.5°C and above will not be vaccinated. If you're unsure, the nurses on the day will advise whether or not they can proceed with the vaccination.

Immunisation History Statements

By law, parents or guardians must provide an Immunisation History Statement when you enrol your child in any childcare service, kindergarten or primary school in Victoria.

The only documentation that you can use is a current Immunisation History Statement provided by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The statement shows whether a child is up to date with their immunisations and includes details of the vaccines they have received.

You will automatically receive a history statement from AIR when you child turns five years old. However, you can request a statement for children (under 14 years of age) at any time.

There are a number of ways to get an Immunisation History Statement - the quickest is by using your Medicare online account through myGov or Express Plus Medicare mobile app where you can print, download or email a copy.

If you do not have a Medicare online account or you have difficulty getting a copy via your myGov account, you can also:

  • phone the Australian Immunisation Register enquiry line on 1800 653 809
  • visit your local Medicare or Centrelink office
  • phone Council's Immunisation Officer on 5671 2211
2019 Influenza Campaign

Victoria experienced an unusually long and serious flu season last year, with more than 48,000 confirmed cases of influenza, record demand on hospitals and tragically a number of deaths. Given the severity of last year’s flu season, we want to ensure all Victorians know what steps they can take to help prevent spreading the flu.

We provide free flu vaccinations to all eligible people under the National Immunisation Program. Flu vaccinations will be available at any of our public immunisation sessions at either Cowes, Grantville or Wonthaggi, starting from May.

People eligible for the free influenza vaccine:

  • All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • All people aged 6 months and above who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, sever asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)

Remember the flu doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be affected, that’s why it is so important that everyone in the community protects themselves against the flu this season and takes some easy steps to help stop the spread of the flu.

Paediatrician Dr Margie explains how to protect your children from getting sick with the flu and the importance of the flu vaccination in children.

You can also read The Royal Children's Hospital Kids Health Info Factsheet on The Flu (Influenza).

Free Adolescent Meningococcal Program

Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt announces $52 million to deliver free meningococcal vaccines to teenagers

A free meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix®) vaccine program on the National Immunisation Program is available for:

  • Year 10 students in secondary school
  • Young people aged 15 to 19 years of age.

Young people who haven't received the meningococcal ACWY (Menactra®) vaccine in school or in the community in the last two years, can be vaccinated by Council at one of our public immunisation sessions. No need to make a booking, simply attend any public session throughout the year to receive your free vaccine.

Secondary School Immunisation Program

Many vaccines are routinely provided free of charge to Australian secondary school students under the National Immunisation Program.

The protection provided by some childhood immunisations fades over time and needs to be boosted in adolescence. Secondary school students are at an age when a vaccine will be most effective and provide protection before possible exposure to a disease.

Immunisation is most commonly given to students through council visits to secondary schools or students can attend a public immunisation session if they are absent from school on the day of immunisations. Parents must return a consent card to the school when requested, providing or refusing their consent.

Further information on the Secondary School immunisations can be found by visiting the Better Health Channel or Immunisation resources for parents and guardians

Catch up program (if immunisations fall behind)

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.

You can determine what vaccines your child/ren may need by using the online Immunisation Calculator

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