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Immunisation for babies and children

You can protect your children from serious and preventable diseases through immunisation.

Changes to immunisation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Immunisation is a critical service and we are making some changes to the way we conduct our public sessions to ensure we can keep our community and our staff safe.

We have made some changes to our timetable to ensure we are able to follow social distancing requirements.

What's changed?

The following venues are too small to be able to safely conduct immunisation sessions during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Jindi Family and Community Centre in Mernda
  • Lalor Library
  • Mill Park Community Centre
  • Hazel Glen Child and Family Centre in Doreen

As a result, immunisation sessions at these venues have been suspended for 2020.

Bookings

You will need to book into a public immunisation session.

Additional measures in place at venues?

Once you arrive at the venue, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Wait in your car until your appointment time
  • One parent or guardian to accompany a child for their immunisation appointment

Please do not attend an immunisation session if you or your child:

  • is unwell in any way
  • have returned from overseas within the past 14 days (self-isolation period)

 

For fact sheets on the diseases vaccines protect against, visit the Better Health Channel.

Immunisation history statements for children

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 can be used 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. 

For more information go to Better Health Channel 

Immunisation and Family Assistance payments

To meet the requirements for family assistance payments, all of your children younger than 20 need to do one of the following:

For further information visit Services Australia

Immunisation and pregnancy

Some infectious diseases can cause serious harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies. If you are planning to have a baby, try to get up to date with your routine immunisations before you become pregnant. 

All women should receive influenza and whooping cough vaccines during every pregnancy.  

For more information visit Better Health Channel 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

A number of immunisation programs are available for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. 

These programs provide protection against some of the most harmful infectious diseases that cause severe illness and deaths in our communities.

Further information can be found at Immunise Australia Program.

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