We run open immunisation sessions and appointment clinics at different venues around our community.
Everyone is welcome to attend any of our sessions including babies, children, secondary school students and adults. All the vaccines we offer are available at every session.
When attending immunisation sessions, please keep the following COVIDSafe protocols in mind:
- Do not attend if you, your child, or anyone in your household is experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, or is awaiting the result of a COVID test.
- Social distancing and infection control guidelines will be in place at immunisation sessions.
- We ask only one parent attend with each child being immunised.
- You must wear a face mask unless a lawful exemption applies.
- You must wash or sanitise your hands on entry.
- You must check-in on entry by scanning the Victorian Government QR code, or by signing the visitor register.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Bring your pram or stroller - there is plenty of space and ramp access at our venues.
- Bring your Medicare card (if you have one), your child’s Green Book, and any other immunisation history documents with you.
- Photography and filming are not permitted at immunisation sessions.
- Our service is cashless, and payments can only be accepted by EFTPOS or credit card.
Open sessions are drop-in, and no appointment is needed.
- Preston City Hall - 284 Gower Street, Preston
- Reservoir Community Learning Centre (RCLC) - 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
- Northcote Family Centre – 185-187 High Street, Northcote
- Keon Park Children's Hub - 1-7 Dole Avenue, Keon Park
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Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)
84 Arthur Street
Darebin North East Community Hub
35 Copernicus Crescent
We provided funded and non-funded vaccines to children and adolescents at our sessions, and at schools throughout the City of Darebin.
National Immunisation Program
All children in Australia are eligible to get free vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The NIP schedule includes vaccines given between 2 months and 4 years of age.
We give all the vaccines on the NIP schedule and have stock available at all sessions.
In addition to the vaccines provided under the National Immunisation Program, we can give the following optional, recommended vaccines at all sessions.
Children can get the meningococcal B vaccine from 6 weeks of age.
The vaccine is available for purchase at our sessions without a prescription at a cost of $130 per dose. Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander children can get the vaccine for free up to 2 years of age.
If your child is under 4 years old
If your child is under 4 years old and is having the meningococcal B vaccine, it is recommended they be given paracetamol (such as Panadol) with every dose of meningococcal B vaccine. This is because of an increased risk of fever as a side effect associated with this vaccine.
- Give a first dose of paracetamol in the 30 minutes before, or as soon as possible after getting the vaccine.
- Give 2 more doses of paracetamol 4-6 hours apart.
It’s important that you buy paracetamol before attending an immunisation session when receiving the meningococcal B vaccine.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is given at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program.
However, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine can be given as early as 6 weeks of age. The scheduled dose at 12 months of age is funded and acts as a booster dose for those who start early, providing the best protection for your child.
The vaccine is available for purchase at our sessions without a prescription at a cost of $70 per dose.
Children can get the flu vaccine from 6 months of age, and it’s recommended to start immunising against flu as early as possible. The flu vaccine is funded on the National Immunisation Program for children aged up to and including 4 years old.
The first time your child gets the flu vaccine they will need 2 doses, given 4 weeks apart. In the following years, they will only need 1 seasonal flu vaccine, which usually becomes available in April.
Children aged 5 years and older can get the flu vaccine at our sessions without a prescription at a cost of $20 per dose.
Chickenpox vaccine is given at 18 months of age on the National Immunisation Program, as part of a combined measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox vaccine.
However, chickenpox vaccine can be given as early as 12 months of age. Based on current evidence, two doses of the chickenpox vaccine in children from 12 months will minimise the risk of breakthrough chickenpox. The scheduled dose at 18 months of age is funded and acts as a booster dose for those who start early, providing the best protection for your child.
The vaccine is available for purchase at our sessions without a prescription at a cost of $71.50 per dose.
Secondary school immunisations
We visit all secondary schools in our community to give immunisations to students in Year 7 and Year 10. The following vaccines are recommended and funded under the National Immunisation Program.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - given as two injections, six months apart.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (DTP) booster - given as one injection.
- Meningococcal ACWY - given as one injection.
If your child has missed their school visit, would prefer to be immunised away from school, or has been impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns, you are welcome to attend any of our open sessions listed above to receive these vaccines. We also welcome students from other schools outside the City of Darebin.
If your child was immunised overseas, we can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register, and recommend catch-up immunisations if needed.
Anyone can access free catch-up vaccinations for missed childhood and adolescent NIP vaccines up to and including 19 years of age. We can help you work out which vaccines you or your child may have missed and create a catch-up plan.
We offer adult immunisations for people funded under the National Immunisation Program and people who want to purchase vaccines.
You may be eligible for funded vaccines if you are:
- over 65 years of age
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- pregnant, about to become pregnant, or a new parent
- living with certain medical conditions
Vaccines can also be purchased at a reasonable cost for people who aren’t funded under the National Immunisation Program. We offer vaccines for:
- hepatitis A & B
- diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough
- meningococcal ACWY
- meningococcal B
- flu (influenza).
For more information about adult immunisations, visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation HALO.
Flu (influenza) vaccine
We offer the seasonal flu vaccine each year from around April once stock becomes available.
When the seasonal flu vaccine is available, it can be purchased without a prescription at our sessions at a cost of $20.
You may be eligible for a funded flu vaccine on the National Immunisation Program - check your eligibility here.
We can visit to workplaces to give employees flu vaccine and other vaccines tailored to your workplace.
Workplace immunisation can offer many benefits for employers, including:
- reduction of sick days for staff
- increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
- compliance with workplace health and safety regulations
- protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
- improved staff morale by showing an interest in employee health and wellbeing.
Immunisation records and policies
We record all immunisations given at our sessions on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Please allow 24-48 hours after the session you attended for records to be updated.
An Immunisation History Statement created from AIR is the only document that is accepted as proof of your immunisation history. Documents produced by us, by GPs, or by other immunisation providers are not accepted as proof of your immunisation history.
Childhood services and benefit payments
Your child’s immunisation history status can affect their eligibility to enrol in childcare, kindergarten, and other early childhood services. It may also affect your eligibility for payments from government.
All parents or guardians who want to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:
- fully immunised for their age according to the National Immunisation Program, or
- on a vaccination catch-up schedule, or
- unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
We can help get your child’s immunisations up to date - contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email email@example.com before attending an immunisation session so we can help you make a catch-up plan.
To be eligible for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy, your child must:
- meet the childhood schedule on the National Immunisation Program, or
- be on a suitable catch-up schedule in line with the Department of Health’s current Australian Immunisation Handbook, or
- have an approved medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
Historical immunisation records
We keep hard-copy immunisation records for people born prior to 1996 who attended our immunisation sessions, and you can access these records for free. Records are held for 25 years from the date of immunisation.
To access your immunisation records:
- Complete an Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records
- Take a scan or photo of a Driver’s Licence or other photo identification
- Email both to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, date of birth and contact telephone number.
Retrieving the records from our archives takes 5 working days, and we will contact you once your records become available. We can email or post a copy of your immunisation records to you.