Whitehorse City Council

Immunisation (Vaccination)

Child being immunised

Whitehorse City Council provides free vaccinations against infectious diseases for children from 6 weeks to 19 years of age and a limited range of vaccines for eligible adults in accordance with the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule.

Free Child Influenza Program 2018

In response to the significant increase in the incidence of influenza in children, Whitehorse City Council Immunisation services will be providing dedicated free flu sessions for children aged 6 months to 4 years and 11 months.  Children receiving this for the first time will require 2 doses with at least a 4 week period in between.

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You will also need to bring the completed DOCX icon Free Childhood Influenza Consent Form (43.07kB)


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No Jab No Pay

From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria will be required to provide evidence that the child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

For more information regarding Victorian Government's No Jab No Play, please refer to the Better Health Channel website.

As a result of the No Jab No Pay legislation the NIP eligibility criteria has changed. All individuals 0 to 19 years of age can now receive free catch up vaccinations under the NIP regardless of their Medicare status. For all enquiries about the No Jab No Play legislation please call the Centrelink Families and Parent Line on 13 61 50 or download a copy of the pdf icon Immunisation information for parents brochure (101.08kB).


Overseas Vaccinations

If your child has been vaccinated overseas you are required to provide a copy of the vaccination records to Council prior to attending a public immunisation session. Calculating a catch-up schedule may take up to two weeks. You will be contacted once the catch-up schedule has been calculated where you will then be advised to book into an immunisation session.

You will need to obtain a formal translation if the records are not in English (refer to Translation Services below).


Translation Services

Language Loop
9280 1941
This service is for residents who have been in Australia for more than two years – fee involved.

Department of Social Services
1800 962 100
Free Translation Service for permanent residents (refer to eligibility on their website)


Immunisation History Statements

To view your Immunisation History Statement:

  • Go to My Gov Australia and sign in to your Medicare online account. If you do not have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare account; or
  • Use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your smart phone or tablet.

Please note that if your child is 14 years of age or over they will need to sign into or create their own Medicare online account through myGov to view their immunisation history statement. You will not be able to view their immunisation history statement in your account.

If you are unable to access the immunisation history statement online, you can obtain a copy by calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

View more information about immunisation requirements and payments here.

Request for Immunisation History Records

If you have received vaccinations through Council and wish to obtain a copy of these vaccinations, please complete the form below and send to customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au. This will be processed within 10 working days.

pdf icon Request for Immunisation History Records Form (485.17kB)

 


Public Immunisation Sessions

Council conducts 10 immunisation sessions each month, which include both morning and evening sessions.

No appointments are required and you may attend any session at any venue.

Please do not attend if the person to be immunised has a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius. Your child can still attend even if they have a runny nose or are on antibiotics.

Your maternal and child health nurse can talk to you about the importance of immunisation and the potential side effects.

To view dates and times of the session times, download our immunisation schedule:


School Immunisation

Council nurses visit each secondary school in our municipality several times a year in accordance with the National School Immunisation Program.

These vaccines are all provided free of charge and consent cards are distributed by your school. It is very important that you return the completed consent card, even if you do not want your child immunised. If you have not received a consent card, please contact your child’s school.

If your child has missed a school immunisation session, you have the option of attending a Council public immunisation session or your local doctor.  

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be provided to young people in Year 10 of secondary school, as well as those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (aged 15-19 years) free of charge.

Meningococcal 1 in 5


Immunisation Schedule

Age Disease
Birth Hepatitis B
From 6 months - 2 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B and hepatitis B, pneumococcal, rotavirus
4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B and hepatitis B, pneumococcal, rotavirus    
6 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B and hepatitis B, pneumococcal     
12 months* Measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenzae, meningococcal C
18 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox
4 years Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio
Year 7 Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and human papillomavirus
Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY

* Please note: your child must be 12 months or over. Please do not attend a session prior to their first birthday.


Understanding Immunisation in greater detail:

View a guide to understanding childhood immunisation.


School Resources

For further information or a copy of the school immunisation consent form, refer to:


Contact Us

For more information about council's immunisation program, contact your maternal and child health nurse directly or phone council's Environmental Unit on 9262 6197.