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Make a booking to attend an immunisation session

Due to the current COVID social distancing restrictions bookings are now required for all of Council's public immunisation sessions.

Public Influenza (flu) immunisations are still available for ages 5 years - 64 years. There is a fee of $25 per vaccine, payable only via EFTPOS at arrival of your appointment. Available for a limited time until stock runs out. You can book in at any of the immunisation sessions below.

When booking please ensure you are selecting the correct session for you/your child's needs.

To book an online appointment for immunisation please click on the following session you would like to attend:-

COWES - St Philips Anglican Parish - Tuesday 13 October

WONTHAGGI - Venue TBC - Tuesday 20 October (upon booking you will receive an email to advise of the venue change).

CORINELLA - Bass Valley Children's Centre - Tuesday 27 October

We provide funded vaccines, available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to members of our community, children aged 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 to 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.

Public Immunisation Sessions are run on a monthly basis in Cowes, Grantville and Wonthaggi. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential for all immunisation sessions.

Venue and Date Changes - Cowes & Grantville

Effective July -

  • Cowes immunisation sessions will move services to St Philips Anglican Parish located at 102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes. Located on the corner of Thompson Ave and Church Street.
  • Grantville immunisation sessions will move to the Bass Valley Children's Centre 60 Corinella Road, Corinella.
  • Grantville session dates have been changed to the 4th Tuesday of the month. New dates as follows:-

Tuesday 28 July

Tuesday 25 August

Tuesday 22 September

Tuesday 27 October

Tuesday 24 November

Tuesday 22 December

COVID-19 and Immunisation

The current threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) to public health is unprecedented. All immunisation sessions are now only available by appointment only and will continue as scheduled with extra safety and hygiene measures put in place. We must therefore take all steps necessary to minimise the risk of transmission to staff and clients attending community immunisation services.

This situation is changing rapidly, and all information related to COVID-19 is being updated on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

At this time, we are taking extra measures to protect the community. It is vital that these instructions are followed by staff and all clients attending:

  • Only one parent/guardian should accompany a child into the session.
  • People should not attend the session if they or their child have symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as fever, or a sore throat, or a runny nose, or shortness of breath or a cough) or have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to the reception or waiting area.

Due to social distancing rules, we will take the following steps to ensure safe social distancing at all immunisation sessions:

  • Client seating and queuing for administration so that there is 1.5 metres between clients.
  • Limit the vaccine process to one adult with the child being vaccinated (unless there are extenuating circumstances).
  • Clients must be 1.5 metres from administration table.
  • Minimise physical contact with client record documents.

Extra care and precaution will be put in place when preparing vaccines and cleaning in between clients, including:

  • Provision of adequate disinfection and hand washing between clients
  • Regular usage of alcohol-based disinfectant for cleaning surfaces
  • Disinfectant products must be available at both the administration and clinical area
2020 Influenza program

We provide free flu vaccinations to all eligible people under the National Immunisation Program from May until December. Flu vaccinations are available at all of our public immunisation sessions. Bookings are now required for all immunisation sessions.

Flu immunisations are also now available for the public (non government funded vaccine) to purchase for a cost of $25 per person for all people aged 5 years to 64 years of age. Bookings are essential and payment must be made via EFTPOS on arrival of your appointment.

If your child is six months or older, it is recommended they get an influenza vaccine every year. Influenza vaccines are free for all children aged six months to under five years and for people aged 65 years and over. Influenza vaccines are given as a needle, usually in the leg or arm.

Your child can get an influenza vaccine either on its own or at the same time as their age-specific vaccinations. The best time to get an influenza vaccine is before the influenza season, which is usually June to September

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, severe 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.

Please read the following information sheets provided by Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health to help decide if influenza immunisation is right for your child.

Is Influenza immunisation recommended for my child info sheet - SKAI Influenza vaccine

Why does my child need a flu shot? Question and Answer sheet - SKAI NCIRS Influenza Q and A

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).

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 youenrol your child in any childcare service, kindergarten or primary schoolin Victoria.

The onlydocumentation that you can use is a current Immunisation History Statementprovided by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The statement shows whether a child is up todate with their immunisations and includes details of the vaccines they havereceived.

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
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

Travel vaccinations

Some health problems associated with international travel are vaccine preventable.

Travellers should consult a travel medical centre, or their doctor, at least six to 12 weeks before departure for a check-up and to discuss required and recommended vaccinations for specific regions.

The websites below provide information about vaccinations and tips for staying healthy while overseas:

Please note: we are not a travel vaccination clinic and can not offer advice on travel vaccines for adults or children

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