Immunisation

Children can receive FREE vaccinations at local immunisation sessions run by Council's nurses.

FREE vaccinations are available for babies, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children who have an Australian Medicare card (or are eligible for one).

The aim is to prevent diseases such as poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

Eligible adults are also able to access some FREE vaccines and can purchase other vaccines through Council.

To suit busy families, immunisation sessions are run at a range of times and venues. From July 2014, bookings are required for evening sessions but not for day sessions.

You can make an immunisation booking request online.

For any questions, please call 9518 3534 or email immunisation@monash.vic.gov.au.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination for new parents

Pertussis containing vaccine is available to new parents and close family members. The Monash Immunisation Service has this available at a cost of $45 per dose. Please contact the Immunisation Service for further information.

Recommended Immunisation Schedule

Free of charge through Council.

Age Disease immunised against
Birth Hepatitis B
2 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus (Oral)
4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus (Oral)
6 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus (Oral)
12 months Measles/mumps/rubella
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Meningococcal C
18 months Chicken Pox
4 years Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/polio
Measles/mumps/rubella
Year 7 Secondary School Hepatitis B
Chickenpox
Human papillomavirus (boys and girls)
Year 10 Secondary School Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis
Non-immune women planning pregnancy or shortly after delivery Measles/mumps/rubella
50 years Diphtheria/tetanus
Over 50 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
Influenza
Pneumococcal
Over 65 years Influenza
Pneumococcal
You can access your child's immunisation history by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809 or
www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

School Entry Immunisation Certificates

A School Entry Immunisation Certificate is required when your child starts school.

If all vaccinations have been given in Australia:
School Entry Immunisation Certificates are sent automatically from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) or can be requested by phoning ACIR on 1800 653 809. They are also available upon request from Medicare branches.

If vaccinations were given overseas contact Monash Immunisation Services on 9518 3534 or visit either of the Council offices.

If all vaccinations have been given overseas:
  • Visit either of the Council offices with all immunisation records. (Records cannot be checked at immunisation sessions)
  • If the child is up to date to 4 years a School Entry Immunisation Certificate will be issued at that time.
  • If the child is not up to date and requires further vaccination advice will be given on how to complete the required schedule prior to obtaining a certificate.
  • To attend our immunisation sessions you will need to meet one of the following criteria:

    • Hold an Australian Medicare card or be eligible to hold one,
    • Hold Australian Citizenship,
    • Hold a permanent visa or have applied for a permanent visa
    If you do not meet the above criteria you will need to see a GP for vaccination.

Vaccination Information

Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine

The Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV) Gardasil® is to protect girls and boys against 70% - 80% cervical cancer.

Final trials of the Gardasil® vaccine found it to be nearly 100% effective against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, which causes approximately 70 - 80% of cervical cancers.

Since the introduction of routine Pap tests and a national screening program, the number of deaths from cervical cancer annually has more than halved. Unlike other cancers, a HPV virus spreads cervical cancer through genital skin contact. Currently four out of five women will have HPV at some time in their lives.

The vaccine will protect against 90% of genital warts and will help protect males against penile and other cancers.

The vaccine is part of the routine school immunisation schedule and is offered to girls in Year 7 annually. From 2013 the HPV vaccine will be routinely offered to all Year 7 boys annually.

A catch up HPV immunisation program is commencing in 2013/14 only for all Year 9 boys.

Gardasil® vaccine is given in three doses at 0, 1-2 and 4-6 month intervals.

Visit the HPV website www.hpvvaccine.org.au

Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox Vaccine is free to all children when they turn 18 months of age and non immune children in Year 7 at Secondary School. For all other children, the Chicken Pox Vaccine is available at all immunisation sessions for $65 per vaccination. This is payable by credit card at the immunisation session.

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The Boostrix vaccination program which was free to new parents was ceased in June 2012. Pertussis containing vaccine is available at a cost of $45 per dose. This is payable by credit card at the immunisation session.

Meningococcal Disease - Contact Southern Health - Monash Immunisation 9594 6320.

Hepatitis B - Contact Southern Health - Monash Immunisation 9594 6320.

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Last updated: 10 June 2014

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