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Immunisation Services

Have you received a letter from Centrelink in relation to your child’s immunisation?

If your child has completed all required vaccines (up until the age of 7 years) the issue can be that there is no link between the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) and Centrelink’s records.  Parents can create the link on line as follows:

  1. Go to your Centrelink online account through MyGov and check the “my profile” function. This link cannot be created by Council or a GP; or
  2. Contact either Families (131 650) or ACIR (1800 653 809) areas of the Department of Human Services.

If your child has not received all the required vaccines (up until the age of 7 years) you need to contact your immunisation provider.

Where and when can I go for an immunisation?

All details about our public immunisation sessions can be found on the Public Immunisation Sessions / Locations page.  Please note that on days that are declared Code Red in the Central District which affects Banyule we will not be able to conduct immunisation sessions at the Heidelberg venue located at 60 Beverley Road Heidelberg. 

What are the benefits of immunisation?

  •  Single most important health initiative next to clean water in preventing diseases.
  • The risks of immunisation are far less than catching the disease itself.
  • Side effects such as pain or fever can usually be managed quickly and easily.
  • Since immunisation reduces your risk of catching a disease, you avoid the cost, inconvenience and suffering of illness.
  • If more people in the community are immunised, it is more difficult for infections to spread, which can minimise or eliminate serious diseases in our community, countries and worldwide.

What are the side effects of having an immunisation?

Common side-effects can include mild, short-lasting and do not require treatment. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare and vaccines are much safer than the diseases they prevent. Side-effects can include:

  • Redness, itching and soreness at the site of an injection for 1 to 2 days
  • Mild fever
  • Fainting, which occurs mainly in adolescents and adults

Treating these side-effects include:

  • Placing a cold, wet cloth on the injection site
  • Giving the person extra fluids to drink
  • Not overdressing if the person is hot

Severe reactions, such as convulsions, paleness, limpness and unresponsiveness rarely occur but require urgent medical attention. Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs suddenly, usually within 15 minutes but can occur within hours of vaccine administration. Early signs of anaphylaxis include:

  • Redness and/or itching of the skin
  • Breathing problems
  • Sense of distress
  • Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

If you have left the immunisation centre and experience these symptoms, visit your doctor or hospital immediately.

Am I eligible for free vaccines?

People who live in Australia, who meet the Department of Health’s eligibility criteria and meet at least one of the following criteria, can attend our public immunisation sessions and be immunised for free:

  • Hold a Medicare Card or be eligible to hold a Medicare Card and all asylum seekers
  • Hold Australian Citizenship
  • Hold a permanent visa or have applied for a permanent visa

You can see the criteria for the use of government vaccines on the Victorian Government's health website. 

If you do not meet the funded criteria but want to be vaccinated, speak to your local doctor about paying for the vaccines on prescription.

What can I expect at an immunisation session for infants?

Details on infant immunisation sessions can be found in our brochure.

Where can I view the recommended schedule?

The National Immunisation Schedule for Victoria can be viewed on the Health Victoria website.

Is information on immunisations available in languages other than English?

Yes, it is available here.

Does my child have to have a Primary School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate?

Your child must have a school entry immunisation status certificate for enrolment into primary school. This certificate is:

  • A current record of your child’s immunisations.
  • A legal requirement on enrolment to primary school in Victoria.
  • Something that will assist health authorities in protecting children in the event of a vaccine preventable disease occurring at school. An unvaccinated child may be excluded from school for a period of time.

Homeopathic immunisation is not a recognised form of immunisation and is not acceptable under the legislation and cannot be listed on an immunisation status certificate.

School entry immunisation status certificates can be obtained from:

For more information about immunisation and starting primary school, visit the Department of Health's website.

Am I eligible for the Immunisation and Family Assistance Payments?

Your child must be up to date with immunisation, or have an exemption, for you to be eligible to receive the Child Care Benefit and the Maternity Immunisation Allowance. For more information contact Centrelink.

What is the School Immunisation Program?

The Immunisation Service visits all secondary schools in Banyule to provide free vaccines to all Year 7 and Year 10 students. These vaccines are only free for students while they are in Year 7 and Year 10.

Year 7 students are offered the following vaccines:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chickenpox
  • Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) School Program tackles a virus that causes a number of cancers in both males and females. From 2013, the Year 7 school HPV immunisation program will be extended to include both boys and girls. The HPV program helps to reduce the number of preventable HPV related diseases and cancers.

The previous HPV school program for girls significantly reduced the number of lesions that lead to cervical cancer in vaccinated females. It is estimated that a quarter of new HPV infections will be avoided by including boys in the program, which will significantly reduce the incidence of some HPV caused cancers in the future.

In 2015, Diphtheria - Tetanus - Pertussis, the Boostrix Vaccine will be offered to all students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 as a catch up. From 2016 only year 7 students will be offered the Boostrix Vaccine.

Research shows that 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine in children provides increased protection.

The government funds 1 free dose at 18 months of age and a parent can purchase a 2nd dose at one of our sessions or with the doctor.

For further information contact Banyule Council Health Department on 9457 9965.

To obtain more immunisation information for parents of school-aged children please visit the  Department of Health's website. 

Can I get the flu vaccination through Council?

Influenza viruses change frequently so the influenza vaccine is updated every year.  Influenza is caused by a highly contagious virus spread by coughs and sneezes. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. You can purchase a flu vaccine from Council for $25 per dose. 

Infants and children from 6 months to less than 10 years of age receiving the influenza vaccine for the first time require 2 doses at least 1 month apart.

Catch Up Vaccinations

Catch up vaccination records can be quite complex and may not be able to be processed at Public Immunisation Sessions. It is preferred that you visit one of our Customer Service Centres to enable vaccination records to be analysed and a catch up program worked out. If you have any queries please call the Health Department on 9457 9964.

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