Families

Immunisations

Immunisation prevents the spread of diseases and protects the community. Darebin provides immunisations for babies, children and adults.

Learn more about immunisation and why it’s important at Better Health Channel.

Immunisation sessions

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.

Questions about sessions and clinics? Contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Open sessions

Open sessions are drop-in, and no appointment is needed.

Venues

  • Preston City Hall - 284 Gower Street, Preston
  • Reservoir Community Learning Centre (RCLC) - 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir - during lockdowns please enter from the rear carpark off Cleeland Street.
  • Northcote Family Centre – 185-187 High Street, Northcote
  • Keon Park Children's Hub - 1-7 Dole Avenue, Keon Park
Date Venue Day Time
13/10/2021 Preston City Hall Wednesday 9.30-10.30am
14/10/2021 Preston City Hall

Thursday

5.30-7.00pm
15/10/2021 RCLC Friday 10.30-11.30am
19/10/2021 Preston City Hall Tuesday 2.00-3.00pm
19/10/2021 RCLC Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm
23/10/2021 Preston City Hall Saturday 9.30-11.00am
27/10/2021 Preston City Hall Wednesday 9.30-10.30am

27/10/2021

Northcote Family Centre Wednesday 1.00-2.00pm

28/10/2021

RCLC Thursday 5.30-7.00pm
 03/11/2021 Preston City Hall Wednesday 2-3pm
 10/11/2021 Preston City Hall Wednesday 9.30-10.30am
 12/11/2021 RCLC Friday 10.30-11.30am
 13/11/2021 Preston City Hall Saturday 9.30-11am
 16/11/2021 Preston City Hall Tuesday 2-3pm
 16/11/2021 RCLC Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm
 19/11/2021 RCLC Friday 10.30-11.30am
 24/11/2021 Preston City Hall Wednesday 9.30-10.30am
 24/11/2021 Northcote Family Centre Wednesday 1-2pm
 27/11/2021 Preston City Hall Saturday 9.30-11am

Appointment clinics

Appointment clinics are currently available at the following venues. Contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au to make a booking.

Venues

CLINIC NAME

ADDRESS

SUBURB

Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)

84 Arthur Street

FAIRFIELD

Darebin North East Community Hub

35 Copernicus Crescent

BUNDOORA


Childhood immunisations

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.

Learn more about childhood immunisation at Better Health Channel.

We give all the vaccines on the NIP schedule and have stock available at all sessions.

Optional immunisations

In addition to the vaccines provided under the National Immunisation Program, we can give the following optional, recommended vaccines at all sessions.

Meningococcal B

Learn more about Meningococcal at Better Health Channel.

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.

Please note:

If your child is under 4 years of age, it’s recommended they be given paracetamol (eg. 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. This is followed by 2 more doses of paracetamol given 4-6 hours apart.

It’s important that you buy paracetamol before attending an immunisation session when receiving the meningococcal B vaccine.

Meningococcal ACWY

Learn more about meningococcal at Better Health Channel.

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.

Flu (influenza)

Learn more about flu at Better Health Channel.

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 (varicella)

Learn more about chickenpox (varicella) at Better Health Channel.

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.

Year 7

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - given as two injections, six months apart.
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (DTP) booster - given as one injection.

Year 10

  • 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.

Overseas immunisations

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.

Contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au before attending an immunisation session so we can help you with a catch-up plan.

Catch-up immunisations

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.

Contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au before attending an immunisation session so we can help you make a catch-up plan.


Adult immunisations

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
  • immunocompromised.

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

Learn more about flu at Better Health Channel.

We offer the seasonal flu vaccine each year from around April once stock becomes available.

Currently, we have the 2021 seasonal flu vaccine available for purchase 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.

Workplace immunisations

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 & Safety Regulations
  • protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
  • improved staff morale by showing an interest in employee health and wellbeing.

To discuss a workplace visit, contact Team Leader Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email lryan@darebin.vic.gov.au.


Immunisation records & 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.

You can access your or your child’s Immunisation History Statement through your Medicare account linked to myGov, via the Medicare Express Plus app, or by calling AIR on 1800 653 059.

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.

If you think there has been an error in recording vaccines on AIR, contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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.

Childhood services

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.

Learn more about immunisation requirements for childhood services at Better Health Channel.

We can help get your child’s immunisations up to date - contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au before attending an immunisation session so we can help you make a catch-up plan.

Payments

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).

Learn more about immunisation requirements for payments at Services Australia.

We can help get your child’s immunisations up to date - contact us on 03 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au before attending an immunisation session so we can develop a catch-up plan.

Historical immunisation records

We keephard-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:

  1. Complete an Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records
  2. Take a scan or photo of a Driver’s Licence or other photo identification
  3. Email both to immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au 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.

Contact Us

Darebin Immunisation Service

270 Gower St, Preston 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8562

Email: immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au