Immunisation for babies and children
What happens at an immunisation session?
Council conducts free immunisation sessions each month at different locations in Moreland for babies aged from 6 weeks old (not a day earlier) to children aged 4 years.
At an immunisation session for your baby or child you will need to present your Child Health Record (the baby book you were given by the hospital) and your Medicare card if you have one.
You will be given a pre-immunisation checklist and relevant information about the vaccines your child will be given that day. You'll also be advised when you need to come back for the next vaccine.
You will have an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with your Immunisation Nurse before verbally consenting to immunisation.
If you are attending to catch up missed vaccines and no longer have your Child Health Record, or it is out of date, you will be given a catch up health record book for your child.
Children under 12 months of age will be given injections in the legs and over 12 months of age are given injections in the arms. Injections are given while you hold your baby.
After your child has been vaccinated you need to stay for about 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.
If your child has a cold, cough or is on antibiotics, immunisation can still happen. However, if your child has a temperature of 38.5ºC or over, immunisation should be postponed for a few days until your child is feeling better.
If you have any questions, contact Council or your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
Which vaccines are provided to my child?
See immunisation schedule and vaccine eligibility criteria and immunisation for children for up-to-date information on which vaccines are provided at different ages.
Free flu vaccine - Now available
The free flu vaccine is now available for children aged 6 months to under 5 years.
In 2018 the Victorian State Government announced funding for all children aged 6 months up until their fifth birthday to receive the Influenza (flu) vaccine free of charge.
Any child who is receiving the flu vaccine for the first time must have 2 doses, a month apart, as a primary course.
Free flu vaccine is also available for:
- People aged 5 years and over who have a medical risk factor that increases their risk of complications from influenza
- Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women anytime during pregnancy
- Adults aged 65 years and older
Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent Influenza and its complications. The period of peak Influenza circulation is typically June to September
Vaccine protection is generally expected to last all season but the highest protection occurs within the 3 to 4 months after vaccination.
The flu vaccine is highly recommended but is not linked to any payments or benefits.
12 month immunisations
Maternal antibodies given to your baby during pregnancy are still in their immune system until they turn one.
It is recommended that the 12 month vaccinations are not given until the baby's first birthday. If given earlier, the vaccinations may not work as well as they should.
If it is necessary for you to attend before your child is 12 months, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us on 9240 1202.
Booster immunisation for 4-year-old children
The earliest the 4 year old immunisations can be given is 3.5 years of age, however, it is recommemended that they are given as close to 4 years as possible.
The booster immunisation is considered overdue at 4 years and 1 month.
Parents are posted a reminder from Australian Children's Immunisation Register at this time.
What happens if a vaccination is overdue?
A vaccination is considered overdue if not administered by 1 month after the due date.
Parents of preschool aged children are generally posted a reminder from Moreland City Council or Australian Immunisation Register at this time. You may also receive a letter if you are currently receiving benefits and need to catch up vaccines in order to continue receiving payments.
Most of the immunisations on the Immunise Australia Program are linked to family assistance payments, including the Child Care Benefit. Children need to be up to date with immunisation or have an approved medical exemption. Please note we are unable to sign medical exemption paperwork.
In January 2016, the No Jab, No Play and No Jab, No Pay legislation were introduced. No Jab, No Play is a Victorian State initiative linked to childcare and kindergarten enrolment. No Jab, No Pay is a national initiative linked to financial rebates. Both aim to encourage families to complete the childhood immunisation schedule and increase overall immunisation rates across Victoria and Australia.
Catch up immunisation sessions
Council conducts catch up immunisations for children and teens up to 20 years old, with or without a Medicare card.
Whether you are newly arrived in Australia or have missed previous vaccinations, free catch up immunisation is available at Moreland City Council.
Please contact us on 9240 1202 to arrange an appointment to discuss missed vaccines. Normally we can discuss this with you over the phone but in some cases you may be required to bring your child’s records to the Moreland Civic Centre. This helps us plan which vaccines are required to bring your child up to date.
If you choose to attend a session without contacting us in advance please ensure that you bring any previous immunisation records, and translations if required, to assist us in planning your child’s catch up vaccines. Please be aware that additional time at the session is required to plan a catch up schedule for your child before the first immunisations are received.
Overseas immunisation histories
If you need help translating your child’s immunisation record, the Department of Social Services have a free translating service that you may be able to access. For further information, see free translating service.