We provide free immunisations as set out by the National Immunisation Program.
Immunisations for babies and children
Immunisation can protect children against a range of vaccine preventable diseases. Council provides a vaccination program according to the Immunisation Schedule Victoria
Your baby cannot be immunised any earlier than 6 weeks of age. In most cases your child can still be immunised if they have a cough or a cold.
When you attend a Council immunisation session you should bring your child's health book and Medicare details.
It is important to note that you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes post immunisation to ensure the well-being of the person being vaccinated.
Please note: Immunisations sessions will be cancelled on "Code Red" and possibly on "Extreme" and "Severe" days as declared by the Country Fire Authority.
Please refer to the Department of Health for more information, see: Vaccines - eligibility criteria for free vaccines
By law, your child must have an immunisation status certificate to enrol in primary school.
Please refer to Department of Health for more information, see: Starting primary school: immunisation information for parents enrolling a child.
Council offers free vaccinations to students at secondary school.
Year 7 program
Students will be offered the following vaccines:
- Gardasil - (HPV)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough
- Chickenpox - ceases 31 December 2017
Year 10, 11 and 12 - Meningococcal W program
Council's immunisation team will visit all secondary school within the shire in Term 3 and provide the free Meningococcal W Vaccination to Years 10, 11 and 12 students. This program will cease on the 31 December 2017.
Students will be offered the following vaccine:
Any adolescents not in secondary school but of an equivalent age for those school years will also be eligible for the free vaccine. See our immunisation timetable(PDF, 2MB) for times and locations to receive your immunisation.
For more information regarding the Meningococcal vaccine please visit the Better Health Channel or contact Council's Health Department on 03 5422 0333.
To find out more about secondary school-based immunisation programs please visit the Immune Hero website.
If your child misses a scheduled vaccination at school, you can attend a Council immunisation session.
The National Immunisation Program free catch-up program will be ongoing for all individuals aged 10 to 19 years.
- From 1 July 2017 all individuals (including refugees and humanitarian entrants) 10 to 19 years of age are eligible for free catch-up vaccines through the National Immunisation Program
- The expansion will enable free access to a nationally consistent catch-up schedule for recommended early childhood vaccines.
Please contact Council before attending any session so that we may prepare your catch up schedule in advance.