Immunisation Programs

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Immunisation


Please note: Letters from Centrelink Regarding Immunisations Overdue/ Immunisations Not Up To Date

If you have received a letter from Centrelink identifying that your high school aged child’s immunisations are not up to date, please contact the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.  The child’s Medicare number must be registered/re-registered in order for Centrelink to access and verify your child’s immunisation status on ACIR. If your child’s Medicare number is not registered, Family Tax Benefits could be affected.

Additionally, children over 14yrs of age need to create their own my.gov registration for a Medicare online account. Parents of children over the age of 14 will not be able to access Medicare/ACIR information through their own Medicare online account.    

Mitchell Shire Council provides an extensive Immunisation Program.

Young Children

A comprehensive childhood immunisation service is provided throughout the shire and offered free to all children eligible for a Medicare card. Our experienced nurses are available to discuss your child’s immunisation program and give the required vaccines. 

Catch up programs can be tailored for children who are late with vaccines. Children from overseas can have their records transferred to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. It is preferred that clients notify the Immunisation Team that they are coming as the complexities of overseas immunisation can be time consuming.  An appointment is usually made prior to the session starting.

For immunisation sessions conducted within Mitchell Shire download the 2017 Mitchell Shire Immunisation Timetable (PDF, 293K)


Secondary School Students

Mitchell Shire Council Immunisation Nurses administer vaccines across all secondary schools within the shire.  Consent cards are sent home with students at the beginning of the school year to be completed in full by the parent/guardian and returned to the school by the due date.  Secondary School immunisation is funded by the Australian Government.

Year 7 students are offered HPV4 (3 doses required); Boostrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/Whooping Cough); and Varicella (Chickenpox)

As the VCE year is such a demanding and important time for students, the Influenza Vaccine is offered (at a cost which is arranged with each participating school) to years 11 and 12 students.   Parents are encouraged to complete the Influenza Consent form when sent home – or – to bring students to the Community Sessions for Influenza immunisation.


Industry

Mitchell Shire Council offers an annual flu immunisation program service to businesses, minimum 10 people.

Please contact council to discuss your needs and fees involved.  Other industry type immunisation can be arranged as required.


IMMUNISATION HISTORY STATEMENTS

To view your Immunisation History Statement:

  • Go to my.gov.au and sign in to your Medicare online account. If you do not have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare account; or
  • Use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your smart phone or tablet. For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au/expressplus

Please note that if your child is 14 years of age or over they will need to sign into or create their own Medicare online account through myGov to view their immunisation history statement.  You will not be able to view their immunisation history statement in your account.

If you are unable to access the immunisation history statement online, you can obtain a copy by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

For more information about immunisation requirements and payments, please go to humanservices.gov.au/immunisation

Useful Phone Numbers

 

Subject

Option

Operating hours

Phone number

myGov

myGov help desk (select option 1)

Mon – Fri

7am – 10pm

Sat – Sun

10am – 5pm

132 307

Families

Family Tax Benefit

Child Care Benefit

Parenting Payment

Mon – Fri

8am – 8pm

136 150

Medicare

General Enquiries

7 days a week

24 hours a day

132 011

Languages

Multilingual Phone Service

Mon – Fri

8am – 5pm

131 202

 


Boostrix (Whooping Cough) Eligibility Information

The following people living in Victoria are eligible to receive the free vaccine from 1 June 2015:

  • parents/guardians of babies born on or after 1 June 2015, if their baby is under six months of age and they have not received a pertussis (Whooping Cough) booster in the last ten years.
  • partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis (Whooping Cough) booster in the last ten years
  • pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy

These eligibility requirements are based on the best scientific evidence available, the opinion of immunisation experts, and the recommendations from The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th Edition, 2013 (updated March 2015). Further detail on eligibility for free vaccine is available on the Department of Health Website

Are only mothers and fathers eligible for the vaccine?

No. As well as pregnant and postpartum women any person who considers themselves to be a parent or guardian of a newborn baby is eligible. This includes, but is not limited to, fathers, same-sex partners, foster parents, adoptive parents, surrogate parents, co-parents, and any other legal guardians. All other family members can purchase the vaccine for $45.00*

Are grandparents eligible for the free vaccine?

Grandparents are only eligible for the free vaccine if they are the primary carer or legal guardian of the newborn baby. All other grandparents in close contact with newborns can purchase the vaccine for $45.00*

Are parents of children born before 1 June 2015 eligible for free vaccine?

No. Only parents of children born on or after 1 June 2015 are eligible for the free vaccine. All other parents and close contacts who meet the recommended guidelines for the pertussis vaccination can purchase the vaccine for $45.00*

How do I receive the vaccine?

Attend a Mitchell Shire Immunisation Session as listed in the 2017 Mitchell Shire Immunisation Timetable (PDF, 293K)

*Vaccines purchased through the Council must be administered on the day by the Council’s Immunisation Nurses.