Immunisation service

Immunisation service

IMMUNISATION NEWS...

Click here for the 2017 Immunisation Program(PDF, 285KB)  

Recent changes to legislation

No Jab, No Play – Victorian Government Legislation

In an effort to improve childhood immunisation rates, the Victorian Government has amended the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. The amendments means that early childhood education and care services cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/carer has provider documentation that shows the child:

  • is fully vaccinated for their age, or
  • is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with the vaccinations; or
  • has a medical reason not to be vaccinated

‘Conscientious objection’ to vaccination is not an exemption.

For further information please go to www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation

No Jab, No Pay – Federal Government Legislation

  • only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. The relevant vaccinations are those under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), which covers the vaccines usually administered before age five. These vaccinations must be recorded on the Australian Childhood Immunisation register (ACIR)
  • children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the requirements
  • conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements
  • families eligible to receive family assistance payments and have children less than 20 years of age, who may not meet the new immunisation requirements, will be notified by Centrelink

Free catch-up for children less than 10 years of age

From 1 January 2016, Council will provide free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children less than 10 years of age on an ongoing basis.

Free catch-up for young persons 10 to 19 years of age, of families who currently receive family assistance payments

From 1 January 2016, parents who wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive family assistance payments will have access to free catch-up vaccines for a time-limited period (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017).

If you would like to speak to Council's immunisation team, they can be contacted on 9932 1000. If you require further information please go to www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/news-20151109

2016 School Immunisation Program

In 2016, only students in Year 7 will require immunisation. Information packs will be sent home with your child in February. Please read the information carefully and complete the consent card and send it back to school. It is important to send the card back to school even if you do not consent for immunisation to be given. Students in Year 7 at secondary school will be offered the following vaccinations:

  • HPV - Gardasil (human papillomavirus)
  • Varilrix (chickenpox)
  • Boostrix (diptheria, tetanus and whopping cough)

If you have any queries, please contact Council's Immunisation Service on 9932 1512 or 9932 1533 or email us at immunisation@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au. Further information can be found in http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au.

If your child is in another year level in secondary school and has missed out on their vaccinations, please contact Council's Immunisation Service and we will arrange catch-up vaccinations for you.

 

What is immunisation?

Immunisation protects children and adults against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific infections. Immunisation helps children stay healthy by preventing serious infections.

 

Immunisation sessions

Council holds 16 day and one to two evening immunisation sessions per month in Maternal and Child Health Centres throughout the municipality, and evening sessions as listed on the immunisation program. All immunisation sessions are interchangeable and there is no need to make an appointment. Please see Council’s Immunisation Program(PDF, 285KB) for venues, dates and times of immunisation sessions. 

Immunisation Information Packs are available from Council’s Maternal and Child Health Nurses. These packs are usually given to parents by their MCHN when their baby is 2–4 weeks old. It is important to read the information contained in the pack. If you have any queries, please phone Council’s Immunisation Service on 9932 1512 or 9932 1533.

The Victorian Government Department of Health provides information on immunisation in other languages http://health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/factsheets/language.htm.

 

What happens at an immunisation session?

On arrival you should take a number and be seated until your number is called by Council staff. If you have any concerns about your child’s health, or concerns about whether your child should be immunised, ask a staff member immediately.

When your number is called a staff member will ask for your baby’s health book and the visit will be recorded on Council’s computer. Your baby's health book will be stamped with the immunisations that baby has received together with your due back date. A common reaction to vaccines sheet will also be placed in the book. You will then be taken through to one of Council’s immunisation nurses who will ask you if baby is well today and confirm what immunisations are due.

On completion of the immunisations you will then be asked to return to the seating area and remain at the venue for 15 minutes. This is a precautionary measure in case your baby has a reaction. An adverse reaction to immunisation will usually happen within a few minutes of receiving the injection. Signs to look for are skin rash, facial swelling, pallor, limpness or breathing difficulties. If you are at all worried go back to the nurse immediately.

 

Are there any reasons to delay immunisation?

There are very few medical reasons to delay immunisation. Babies with minor coughs and colds without fever, or those receiving antibiotics in the recovery phase of an acute illness, can be immunised safely and effectively. Immunisation should only be postponed if a child is very unwell with a high fever at or above (38.5oC). Immunisation should be arranged for when baby is well again (a week or two later).  If in any doubt, ask immunisation staff before delaying immunisation.

 

What are the side effects of immunisation?

Common side effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of an injection and mild fever. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare, but if they do occur a doctor or hospital should be consulted immediately. It is important to remember that vaccines are many times safer than the diseases they prevent.

 

School immunisation

Council’s immunisation team conducts three immunisation sessions at all secondary schools in Hobsons Bay each year.

Immunisation Consent Cards are delivered to schools in February of each year for distribution to students in Years 7. Students are asked to take the consent cards home for parent or guardian consent and return them to school when completed.

If you think your child would benefit from you being with them for their immunisation, you can bring them to any Council session listed on the Immunisation Program.

Council makes every endeavour to do catch-up vaccinations at school. In the event that we have not been able to immunise your child at school, we will send a letter home advising you where you can bring your child for the catch up vaccination.

2016 Year 7 students

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Students require 1 dose only. Vaccination with chickenpox is recommended even if your child has previously had chickenpox disease.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Male and female students require 3 doses of Gardasil vaccine.

Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whopping cough) - Boostrix Vaccine

All students require 1 dose of this vaccine.

What happens if you child missed their immunisation at school.

Council makes every endeavour to do catch-up vaccinations at school. In the event that we have not been able to immunise your child at school, we will send a letter home advising you where you can bring your child for the catch up vaccination.

 

Four year old immunisation

Children aged four years old should receive booster immunisations against:

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio - InfanrixIPV vaccine

Hobsons Bay City Council provides show bags for four year olds at all immunisation sessions listed on Council’s Immunisation Program.

Four year old immunisations can be given from 3 years and 6 months of age. Your Maternal and Child Health Nurse will remind you about this immunisation at your child’s 3½ year check.

If your child is not immunised by 4 years and 3 months, childcare payments may be stopped by Centrelink.

 

School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate

Parents/Guardians are required to provide proof of their child’s immunisation status prior to starting primary school.

What is a School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate

It is a current record of your child’s immunisations.

It will assist health authorities in protecting children in the event of a vaccine preventable disease occurrence in school. An unvaccinated child may be excluded from school for a period of time.

School entry immunisation status certificates can be obtained from:

 

How do I obtain a School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate?

You will automatically receive a history statement from the ACIR after your child has completed the four year old vaccines. The history statement is used as the school entry immunisation status certificate.

If your child has completed all immunisations but you have not received a history statement call ACIR on 1800 653 809 to find out why.

If for some reason your child’s immunisation records are incomplete or missing contact ACIR, your GP or Hobsons Bay City Council Immunisation Service on 9932 1512 or 9932 1533.

If your child has never been vaccinated or was vaccinated overseas, then contact Hobsons Bay City Council Immunisation Service who will be able to assist you in obtaining a school entry immunisation status certificate.

 

Who do I give the School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate to?

Once you have obtained your School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate you will need to present it to your child’s primary school on enrolment.

If you have lost the certificate issued by the ACIR phone 1800 653 809 or visit your local Medicare office to obtain another copy.

It is important that the ACIR has your current address details to make sure you receive your school entry immunisation status certificate.

If you are moving, or have recently moved, contact ACIR on 1800 653 809 or email acir@medicareaustralia.gov.au to update your contact details.

 

Adult immunisations

Council offers the following adult immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B – adults require 3 doses of this vaccine
  • Chickenpox vaccine – adults and children over 13 years require 2 doses of  this vaccine
  • Boostrix – Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (whooping cough) – this vaccine is free for new parents, otherwise the vaccine is available at a cost of $40 per dose for adults
  • Adult Diphtheria and Tetanus – free for those 50 years of age or over
  • Pneumococcal vaccine – free for those 65 years and over
  • Fluvax – free for those 65 years and over

Flu vaccine

Council offers the flu vaccine to all community members each year around February. The vaccine costs $22 per dose, but is free to persons 65 years and over.

Immunisation for overseas students

Immunisations for children of overseas students are no longer provided free of charge. These vaccines must be provided by a doctor for a fee.  To see if you are eligible for free vaccines, please see the attached criteria sheet.

 

Workplace influenza immunisation

Hobsons Bay City Council provides an on-site workplace immunisation program. For information regarding this program please telephone Council's Immunisation Serice on 9932 1512 or 9932 1533.

We Welcome Your Comments

If you have any feedback about Council’s immunisation sessions or service or would like further information about the immunisation program, please contact us at immunisation@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

 

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