We hold regular public immunisation sessions for babies, school children and adults throughout the City of Whittlesea, and provide information on preventable diseases.
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.
The following venues are too small to be able to safely conduct immunisation sessions during the coronavirus pandemic:
As a result, immunisation sessions at these venues have been suspended for 2020.
You will need to book into a public immunisation session.
Once you arrive at the venue, you will be asked to do the following:
Please do not attend an immunisation session if you or your child:
To find out about eligibility visit the Department of Health website.
Do not attend a session earlier than a scheduled dose is due. For example, babies cannot be immunised any earlier than 12 months old for the 12 month immunisation. Attend on or after your child's first birthday.
No appointments are necessary for immunisation sessions, but you should allow at least half an hour for your visit as there may be a wait time.
Bring your Medicare card, Child Health Record Book (if applicable) or any other immunisation history for the person being immunised.
If immunising your child, ensure you dress them in clothes that are easily removed to expose their upper thighs (under 12 months) or their upper arms (over 12 months).
When you arrive, take a number and wait to be called to the administration desk where you will be asked to read the pre-immunisation checklist. Download the pre-immunisation checklist before your appointment.
Ensure you inform the nurse of any concerns you have before they administer the vaccine. The nurse will observe you for 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination to ensure you do not have a reaction to the vaccine.
There are very few medical reasons to delay immunisation. If the person to be immunised is sick with a high temperature (over 38ºC) then immunisation should be postponed until the child is recovering. A child who has a runny nose, but is not ill can be immunised, as can a child who is on antibiotics and obviously recovering from an illness.
The Victorian Department of Health funds vaccines for certain people depending on a number of factors.
If you do not meet the funded criteria, but want to be vaccinated, speak to your local doctor about paying for them on a prescription.
To find out whether you or your child is eligible for a funded vaccine, visit the Department of Health website.
From 1 January 2016:
We require the following information:
You can supply this information by:
Our Immunisation team will process your child's history and if required, we will schedule an immunisation catch up within 5 working days.
Please note: our staff can NOT process histories at Public Immunisation Sessions.
All people aged over 6 months are recommended to receive influenza vaccine every year.
The Federal and State Governments allocate free flu vaccine to the following people:
This year we have partnered with the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network to offer free flu vaccine to other vulnerable groups including:
If you do not fall into any category above, you can purchase the vaccine for $20 (credit card only).
The vaccine will be available at all Council public immunisation sessions from 23 April 2019.
Immunisation – also called vaccination - is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain harmful diseases. It uses the human body’s natural defence mechanism to build resistance against specific infections.
The immunisation process involves the following 2 steps.
Common side-effects of immunisation are mild, short-lasting and do not require treatment. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare, and vaccines are much safer than the diseases they prevent. Side-effects may include:
Reactions such as convulsions, paleness, limpness and unresponsiveness rarely occur but require urgent medical attention. Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs suddenly, usually within 15 minutes but can occur within hours of vaccine administration. Early signs of anaphylaxis include:
Note: If you have left the immunisation centre and experience these symptoms, visit your doctor or hospital immediately.