Whitehorse City Council

Immunisation (Vaccination)

Child being immunised

Immunisation protects more than your child’s health. It helps stop the spread of illness to your family, neighbours, friends and the community. It is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain harmful diseases. It uses the human body’s natural defense mechanism to build resistance to certain diseases. The risks involved with contracting one of these diseases is far greater than the very small risk of immunisation against the disease.

It is important to administer vaccines in a timely manner as some vaccines are time limited and have age restrictions. 

Council is dedicated to providing a safe, convenient service and aims to achieve the best immunisation coverage possible. Our dedicated nursing staff have extensive experience and expertise in the fields of epidemiology and immunisation.

Free public immunisation sessions are provided by Council for infants, toddlers, pre-school children and adolescence (up to and including 19 years of age). 

We also supply vaccination for eligible at risk children and adults in accordance with the National Immunisation Program Schedule. A limited range of non-government funded vaccines are available for a fee. Please contact Council for full details.


No Jab No Pay

As a result of the new No Jab No Pay legislation, from 1 January 2016 the National Immunisation Program (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 Families and Parent Line on 13 61 50.


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. You will need to obtain a formal translation if the records are not in English. Please contact VITS on 9280 1941 if you require a translation.


Translation Services

VITS (Victorian Interpreting and Translation Service): 9280 1941 (this service is for residents who have been in Australia for more than two years – fee involved)


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 click on customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au. This will be processed within 10 working days.

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


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 Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

View more information about immunisation requirements and payments here.


Travelling Overseas

If you are travelling overseas, please seek advice from a travel vaccine provider regarding what vaccines are required for that country.


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 38.2 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 schedules:


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, 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 will be notified and given the option of attending a council public immunisation session or your local doctor.  

 


Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Between 18 April 2017 and 31 December 2017 Meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be provided to young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 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
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, rotavirus (this dose of rotavirus is gradually being phased out)     
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, chickenpox and human papillomavirus
Years 10, 11 & 12 for 2017 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.