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 until further notice.
You will need to book into a public immunisation session. If you have a 6 week old baby due for vaccination and sessions are booked out, please contact us so we can help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Whittlesea does not give the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination program is being organised by the Australian Government with support from state governments.
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker (external site) to see if you’re eligible to be vaccinated.
To find out about eligibility visit the Better Health Channel.
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.
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).
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.
We can now offer free flu vaccines to vulnerable residents.
For people who are not eligible for funded flu vaccine, you can purchase one for $15 by booking into a public session. Enquiries on 9217 2475 or email us.
You can also book online for the flu vaccine at one of our public immunisation sessions.
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.
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.