Immunisation protects you and shields the wider community from the spread of communicable diseases.

Immunisation is:

  • Vital to the health of our community and is just as important for adults as it is for children
  • The most cost-effective medical means to maintain and protect the health of the population via the reduction, elimination and eradication of preventable communicable diseases
  • Important in decreasing the number of susceptible people in our community

The Wyndham City Immunisation Unit runs  public immunisation sessions to  vaccinate against many diseases. The National Immunisation Program (NIP)  is a schedule of all free vaccines for babies, secondary students, right through to adults at 65 years of age. To see if you are eligible for free vaccines visit Health Vic website.

The Immunisation Unit offers vaccination at various venues throughout the municipality each month including two night sessions and a Saturday morning.  These sessions broaden the opportunity for parents to attend the session if they are working or have other commitments during the day. 

Download the 2019 Immunisation Program Sessions

For further information regarding immunisation please:

No Jab, No Play - Victorian Government Legislation

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood education and care services have to first obtain evidence that the child is up to date with all vaccinations that are due for their age, or that they are able to receive.

An Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is the only form of documentation accepted for the purpose of enrolling in an early childhood education and care service.

After enrolment, parents will need to continue to provide up to date Immunisation History Statements to their child’s early childhood service.  

Visit Health for more information

Catch Up Vaccinations

Council will provide free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children up to 19 years of age on an ongoing basis.

If you require further information or would like advice on how to start or catch-up your child’s vaccinations, please contact Council’s Immunisation Team on 9742 0736.  Council's Immunisation team can work out catch-up schedules and give the vaccinations at our  immunisation sessions.  This is a free service

New No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School Compliance Incentive - Federal Government

From 1 July 2018, Family Tax Benefit recipients will have their payments reduced by up to $737.30 per year for each child not meeting immunisation or health check requirements, where required.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) recipients will have their ongoing rate of FTB Part A reduced by up to $28.28 per fortnight (or $737.30 per year) per child where:

  • immunisation requirements have not been met, or
  • health check requirements have not been met by FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment. 

Recipients who are either in receipt of FTB Part A fortnightly payments, or claim FTB Part A as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, will need to ensure their children are immunised to avoid having their payment reduced.

In addition to the immunisation requirement, FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment, such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, and have a child turning four years of age, must also ensure their child has a health check and advise the Department of Human Services before the child turns five in order to avoid having their payment reduced.

For more information please see the Human Services website.

Catch Up Vaccinations

Council will provide free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children up to 19 years of age on an ongoing basis.

If you require further information or would like advice on how to start or catch-up your child’s vaccinations, please contact Council’s Immunisation Team on 9742 0736.  Council's Immunisation team can work out catch-up schedules and give the vaccinations at our  immunisation sessions.  This is a free service

Attending an Immunisation Session

Step 1

You collect a number from the table at entry and take a seat.  Your number will be called by one of our staff so they can assist you.

Step 2

The administration staff at the computers will go through with you:

  • the pre-vaccination check list review
  • information on vaccines due
  • details to be entered in your child’s baby health book
  • a check of all relevant information and assist you with any questions you may have

Step 3

You will be called up by one of our nurses.  Provide them with your number slip, card and baby health book.

The nurse will then confirm the following:

  • vaccines due
  • age of your child
  • ask if you have further questions

You will then be asked to sign the consent card in the Nurses presence.  Your book will then be stamped by the nurse vaccinator and your child immunised. 

On repeat visits you will be asked to give what is called informed verbal consent by the nurse vaccinators instead of signing another card.

Step 4

After vaccination is complete you will be asked to wait in the centre for 15 minutes to ensure there are no delayed adverse reactions before leaving.  During this time you are welcome to ask any further questions you may have.

The Victorian Government Department of Health provides information on immunisation in other languages. Visit the Vic Health website.

For further information regarding Immunisations contact the Immunisation team, phone 9742 0736 or complete an Immunisations Online Enquiry Form.

Things to remember

  • Please remember to bring your Medicare card to your first session for staff to record.  We only need to see the card again if it changes
  • Inform administration staff if your has address has changed
  • Bring your baby/child to a session in clothes that can be easily removed to access the appropriate limbs.  See our bookmark for multiple immunisation sites this shows the correct sites for each injection. 
  • If your child is having extra vaccinations e.g. catch-up immunisations.  The Nurse will mark the location of each vaccine.

Immunisations (Birth to 4 years)

Immunisation is vital to the health of our community and is just as important for adults as it is for children. Wyndham City offers free immunisation under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

At Birth

  • Hepatitis B - HB Vaxll Paediatric

Age 2 and 4 months

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus Influenzae type B - Infanrix Hexa
  • Pneumococcal - Prevenar 13
  • Rotavirus - Rotarix

Age 6 months

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus Influenzae type B - Infanrix Hexa 

Age 12 months

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella - MMR II
  • Meningococcal ACWY - Nimenrix
  • Pneumococcal - Prevenar 13

12 Months vaccines can only be given on or after 12 months of age, not before 12 months of age

Age 18 months

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella & Chickenpox - Priorix Tetra
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type B - ActHIB

Age 4 years

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis & Inactivated Polio - Infanrix-IPV

For further information regarding Immunisations contact the Immunisation team, phone 9742 0736 or complete an Immunisations Online Enquiry Form.

School Entry Certificate

Victorian legislation requires children have an Immunisation history statement before entering school.

School entry Immunisation history statements can be obtained from:

•My Gov or Express Plus Medicare mobile app. 
•The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) - Telephone: 1800 653 809 - Email: air@medicareaustralia.gov.au
•Medicare Australia Office - Online at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

If you do not have a medicare card or if your child's Immunisation records are incomplete, missing or your child has never been vaccinated, contact our Immunisation Team on 9742 0736 and we will assist you in obtaining a school entry Immunisation history statement. .
 

Immunisations (Secondary School)

HPV & Boostrix - Year 7

In 2020, Year 7 students will be offered immunisation. Information packs will be sent home with your child in February. Please read the information carefully and complete the consent card and send it back to school. It is important to send the card back to school even if you do not consent for immunisation to be given.

Students in Year 7 at secondary school will be offered the following vaccinations:

  • HPV - Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus vaccine). 2 doses will be offered at school, 1st dose will be given either February or March and 2nd dose in October.
  • Boostrix - Adolescent Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (whooping cough). 1 dose offered either in February or March

Meningococcal A, C, W & Y - Year 10

In 2020, Year 10 students will be offered the Meningococcal A, C, W & Y vaccine. Please read the information carefully and complete the consent card and send it back to school. It is important to send the card back to school even if you do not consent for immunisation to be given.

  • Meningococcal A, C, W & Y vaccine. 

The above vaccines can be given at any of our council immunisation sessions.  Please see our Immunisation program for dates, venues and times.

Further information can be found by visiting Immune Hero website.

Immunisations (Adults)

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Free Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine is currently recommended for:

  • Any parent whose baby was born after 1 June 2015, up until the baby is 6 months old and have not had a Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine in the last ten years
  • All pregnant women from 20 weeks gestation to protect the mother and help protect the new baby from whooping cough from birth until their vaccines begin at 6-8 weeks. This is recommended during every pregnancy.
  • All partners of women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a Pertussis (whooping cough) booster in the last ten years.

Pneumococcal vaccine - free for those 65 years and over

Shingles

A free vaccine is available on the National Immunisation Program for people aged 70 to 79 years. For more information, please click here.

What to do if your child has been immunised overseas?

If your child has been immunized overseas, please contact Council's Immunisation Team on 9742 0736 or complete our enquiry form.

Council's immunisation staff will assist you in adding your child's history on to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and provide catch up vaccinations if required. 

This is a free service.

Flu Vaccine

Free Government Funded Flu vaccine

In Victoria, the influenza vaccine is funded on the Immunisation Schedule for the following groups:

  • 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 over 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).

The Influenza vaccine is available at all our Immunisation sessions as per our Immunisation Program.

The vaccine costs $28 per dose if you do not meet the criteria above.

 

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