Update: Darebin City Council Immunisation Program during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 16 July 2020
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak some of Council’s immunisation sessions have been moved to alternative locations. Please find the Immunisation Program schedule for July and August 2020 in the table below. Social distancing and infection control guidelines will be strongly adhered to at immunisation sessions. If you are feeling unwell, have travelled or have come into contact with someone who has travelled internationally within the last two weeks or who is known to have contracted COVID-19 you must not attend.
Prior to attending any of the sessions below please complete a 2020 Influenza Consent Form
Bring the form with you to the sessions in order to save time on the day. If you cannot print a form we will have forms available at the session.
We do not take bookings for any of the sessions listed below. These are drop in only.
Children under 5 do not need to complete a form. Please bring their Maternal & Child Health Record book with you. Children under 9 years of age being immunised against flu for the first time should receive 2 doses in this season - spaced at least 4 weeks apart.
As we adhere to the social distancing guidelines we recommend you bring an umbrella with you in case we need you to wait outside the hall for a short time.
Please note that photography and video photography is not permitted at Immunisation sessions.
ALL OPEN SESSIONS ARE NOW HELD AT PRESTON CITY HALL/PRESTON SHIRE HALL
284-286 Gower Street, Preston.
Childhood vaccines, secondary school vaccines and adult immunisations including flu are available at all sessions.
| AUGUST 2020
Appointment clinics are currently available at the following venues. Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.
**Please note that the Darebin North East Hub Clinic is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
|Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)
|84 Arthur Street
2020 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines Stock Availability
Prior to attending any session please check the table below to confirm we have vaccines available.
|Children 6 months to < 5 years of age
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
|Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy
|People over 65 years of age
|People from 5 years up to <65 years (Fee paying/$20 per person)
Prior to attending an immunisation session and to save you time when you visit, you can print your 2020 Influenza Consent Form and bring it to the session with you. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are government funded for the Influenza vaccine and they do not need to fill in an Influenza Consent form.
Payments: EFTPOS facilities are available at all sessions.
About the Immunisation Program 2020 - Please refer to the calendar above for July and August as our 2020 program has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Do not refer to the 2020 Darebin Immunisation Program that may be in your child's Maternal & Child Health Record book.
Immunisation sessions are available as per the above table for July and August 2020.
Bring your Medicare Card (if you have one), Child Health Record Book or any other immunisation history documents with you when you attend.
You do not need a Medicare Card to receive free immunisations.
When planning overseas travel additional vaccines may be recommended depending on the country you are visiting. It is recommended to consult with a travel doctor 6-8 weeks prior to departure.
The following link provides a list of travel clinics registered to administer the BCG (Tuberculosis) vaccine. A GP is not able to administer the BCG vaccine.
BCG Travel Clinics June 2020
Measles remains a common illness in many destinations popular with Australian travellers.
As at 3 December 2019, 48 people in Victoria have been diagnosed with measles, usually after returning from an overseas holiday. Measles is highly contagious.
2 doses of measles vaccine can give you lifelong protection. The Government funds 2 doses of measles containing vaccine for all persons born since 1966 including women with low or negative rubella antibody levels.
Infants travelling overseas can have a free MMR vaccine from 6 months up to 11 months via their GP or travel clinic. The scheduled 12 and 18 months MMR containing vaccines are still required.
If you're unsure of your vaccination record, it's safe to have another dose.
For more information visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/measles
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine
From 1 July 2018 the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine will be administered to children at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program.
Darebin Immunisation Service can now administer the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to babies and children from 6 weeks of age. The scheduled 12 month Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is still required.
The vaccine cost for Meningococcal ACWY is $70 per dose. You do not require a script from your GP.
Meningococcal B Vaccine
Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) is available to purchase from 6 weeks of age (commencing 1 July 2020)*. Children under 4 are recommended to receive paracetamol with every dose of Meningococcal B. This is because of the increased risk of fever associated with receiving Meningococcal B.
- Give the first dose of paracetamol within 30 minutes before, or as soon as practicable after receiving the vaccine.
- This can be followed by 2 more doses of paracetamol given 4-6 hours apart regardless of whether the child has a fever.
It is important that parents buy paracetamol prior to receiving the Meningococcal B immunisation.
The vaccine cost for Meningococcal B is $130 per dose*. You DO NOT require a script from your GP.
* The Meningococcal B vaccine is funded for Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 2 years.
No Jab, No Play
From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:
- fully immunised for their age; or
- on a vaccination catch-up program; or
- unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
The No Jab, No Play legislation will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide long day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.
From 1 January 2016 only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are:
- fully immunised; or
- on a recognised catch-up schedule
can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
Immunisation Status Certificates
From 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the only documentation accepted by early childhood education and care services (long day care, kindergarten - 3 & 4 year old) for the purposes of confirming a child's enrolment in their service. Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers (including Council) will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation.
Please telephone 1800 653 809 for an Immunisation History Statement or login to your www.my.gov.au account to download your statement.
Overseas Immunisation Records
If your child was immunised overseas please contact our office on 8470 8562 prior to attending an immunisation session. We can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register and recommend catch up immunisation if required. If your child is under 20 years of age and requires catch up immunisation, they are provided free.
Secondary School Immunisations
The Service visits all secondary schools within the City of Darebin to provide immunisations to Year 7 and 10 students according to the National Immunisation Program. For more information about the diseases and recommended vaccines please visit immunehero.health.vic.gov.au.
YEAR 7 IMMUNISATIONS
Due to the closure of schools during COVID-19, Council is unable to deliver the Year 7 secondary school immunisations (1st visit) as originally planned.
You are invited to attend any of the Darebin Immunisation sessions in the above table. There is no need to bring any paperwork with you.
If parents have any questions about the program please contact the Darebin Immunisation Service on 8470 8562 or email email@example.com.
YEAR 10 IMMUNISATION
The year 10 immunisation program is currently scheduled for Term 3 2020. If there are any changes to this families will be notified by their school.
||Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine (Nimenrix)
This age group was chosen to be funded based on the recommendation of national immunisation experts as teenagers are at increased risk of Meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.
In recent years the prevalence of the W strain - one of the 6 main strains - has increased significantly across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and just one in 2013.
The secondary school vaccines are also available at Council immunisation sessions. Appointments are not required.
Council also offers adult immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program.
For more information regarding adult immunisations visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation Halo.
The service visits workplaces to provide staff with flu and other vaccines specific to your workplace.
The benefits of offering workplace immunisations to your employees are:
- Reduction of absenteeism in your business
- Increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
- Compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
- Protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
- Increased staff morale by taking an interest in employee health and wellbeing
To discuss a workplace visit, contact Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read our Fighting Flu in the Workplace 2020
Historical Immunisation Records
Your child's immunisation records may be available on the Australian Immunisation Register. Create a profile or login to your existing profile at www.my.gov.au or download the Express Plus Medicare Mobile App. or telephone 1800 653 809.
Council also keeps hard copy records for residents born prior to 1996.
Before we can provide you with your immunisation history, an Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records must be completed.
When returning the form please also attach either a Drivers Licence or other photo identification.
There is no fee associated with retrieval of immunisation records.
Please email your Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records to email@example.com with your name, date of birth and contact telephone number. Retrieval of records from archives takes 5 working days. We will contact you once your records become available. We will email or mail a copy of your immunisation records. Records are held for 25 years only.
Phone: (03) 8470 8562
Fax: (03) 9261 4883
Darebin has an Immunisation Nurse on call for immunisation related medical enquiries only.
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
Phone: 0419 765 230
Immunise Australia Program
Immunisation Fact Sheets in Your Language
Victorian Government Health Information
Better Health Channel