Wodonga Council
Immunisation

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Changes to immunisation services


Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. 
Phone our team on 1800 655 360 (toll free) to make an appointment.

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Wodonga Council provides free immunisation to all members of the public, across all age groups, for vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS). Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting our community against harmful diseases.

The flu vaccine is now available at council-run sessions. It is available free for certain groups in the community. Please see information below.

Wodonga's immunisation sessions during COVID-19 are held at:

  • Thursday, July 2: Baranduda Community Centre from 9am to 10am
  • Monday, July 6: White Box Rise Scout Hall from 4pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday, July 14: The Cube Wodonga from 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Thursday, July 16: Felltimber Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Friday, July 17: The Cube Wodonga from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Tuesday, July 28: The Cube Wodonga from 4.30pm to 6pm

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. 
Phone our team on 1800 655 360 (toll free) to make an appointment.


Mobile immunisation sessions

Our mobile immunisation sessions outside of Wodonga are held at Benalla, Indigo and Strathbogie shires.

These councils contract us to carry out immunisation services for their shire.

2020 Immunisation dates

 

Pre-immunisation information

The Department of Health has a pre-immunisation checklist that determines whether you or your child is fit for vaccination. The pre-immunisation checklist is also available in other languages.

Age requirements

  • The minimum age for your baby's first vaccinations is strictly six weeks old (42 days).
  • Please ensure your child has reached the correct age milestone before presenting for immunisation. For example, six weeks, four months, six months, 12 months, 18 months and four years.
  • Babies must be given the first dose of rotavirus vaccine before the age of 14 weeks and six days. If babies have not had the first dose by 14 weeks and six days they cannot commence the rotavirus vaccination program. The two-dose schedule of rotavirus vaccine must be completed by 24 weeks and six days of age.
  • If the individual to be vaccinated is less than 18 years, signed consent must be given by a parent or legal guardian.

What to bring

  • Parents are asked to bring their child’s health record book so that vaccinations given may be recorded. All vaccinations given are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
  • Please also bring your Medicare card.

Side effects of immunisation

Some clients may experience minor side effects following immunisation. The Department of Health lists the common side effects of each vaccine.

Flu vaccine program

The 2020 flu vaccine will be available at Wodonga Council immunisation sessions from Tuesday, May 5.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $18 per dose, some people are eligible to receive the vaccine for free. Please see below to check if you fall into any of these groups.

If you are not eligible to receive the vaccine for free, you will need to pay for the vaccine.

Please contact the council’s Customer Focus team on 1800 655 360 to make an appointment and to confirm flu vaccine availability. Our Customer Focus team will also provide information on payment options, including online payment.

PLEASE NOTE: The number of available flu vaccines are currently limited, whilst we do our best to accommodate everybody, your patience is appreciated.


The flu vaccine should be available for free to eligible groups on the National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS). These include:

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥6 months
  • All persons aged ≥65 years
  • All persons aged ≥6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example,severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes (refer to the table below).
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)

Learn more here.


Category

Vaccination strongly recommended for individuals with the following conditions

Cardiac disease

Cyanotic congenital heart disease 
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery disease

Chronic respiratory conditions

Severe asthma  
Cystic fibrosis  
Bronchiectasis  
Suppurative lung disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Chronic emphysema

Chronic neurological conditions

Hereditary and degenerative
CNS diseases  
Seizure disorders  
Spinal cord injuries  
Neuromuscular disorders

Immunocompromising conditions

Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment 
Asplenia or splenic dysfunction 
HIV infection
Diabetes and other metabolic disorders

Type 1 or 2 diabetes  
Chronic metabolic disorders

Renal disease

Chronic renal failure

Haematological disorders

Haemoglobinopathies
Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 months to 10 years
The flu vaccine is still available to all individuals at a fee.

Current immunisation legislation

No Jab No Pay

Families eligible to receive family assistance payments and have children less than 20 years of age, must now ensure that their children are up to date with immunisations or are on a recognised catch-up schedule. Futher information available here.

No Jab No Play

This legislations applies to Victoria only. Under the 'No Jab, No Play' legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services must first obtain evidence that the child is:

  • Fully immunised for their age;
  • On a vaccination catch-up program; or,
  • Unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

'Conscientious objection' is not an exemption under the legislation.

These law applies to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria providing:

  • Long day care;
  • Kindergarten (including 3 and 4 year old kindergarten);
  • Occasional care; or
  • Family day care.

Further information available here.

Vaccines available

Vaccines available on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are free for eligible groups. 

Catch-up immunisation

All states and territories will be providing free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children less than 10 years of age on an on-going basis and parents who wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive family assistance payments will have access to free catch-up vaccines.

All individuals aged less than 20 years are eligible to receive free catch-up vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The catch-up program must start before the person’s 20th birthday.

Please contact the council's Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 if you are planning to attend an immunisation service for catch up immunisations.

Vaccines available for a fee

Certain vaccines may not be available free of charge for all groups and may be purchased from us.

View the current fees and charges here.

Vaccine payment

Should you wish to purchase any of the vaccines listed above, you can pay at our city offices at 104 Hovell St, Wodonga prior to attending the session (please retain receipt) or via cash/eftpos which is available at the session.

Only vaccines supplied by us can be administered by nurses at our immunisation sessions. We cannot administer vaccines that have been purchased elsewhere, for example, from the chemist. All vaccines administered are reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

The Victorian Better Health Channel has more information available on immunisation and in-depth information on vaccine preventable diseases and definitions.

School immunisation

Students at Victorian and NSW schools are offered:

Year seven students

  • Gardasil®9 – Human Papillomavirus (two-dose course over two school visits)
  • Boostrix – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Year 10 students

  • Meningococcal ACWY

Wodonga Council visits all secondary schools in Wodonga, Benalla, Indigo, Strathbogie, Murrindindi, Towong Shire and Albury areas.

Consent cards are sent home to parents via the school prior to the school vaccination program commencing. For vaccination program dates, please contact your school. Students must return a correctly completed consent card in order to be vaccinated at school. For statistical purposes in Victoria, all cards must be returned to the school even if the student is not receiving the vaccine. Parents are asked to contact their school office or our Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 if their child has not received an information package and consent card prior to the school vaccination program commencing.

Any student who missed out on receiving a vaccine via the school vaccination program is invited to phone our Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 for further information on how to receive missed vaccinations. Age equivalent students who do not attend mainstream secondary school may contact us to receive these vaccines free of charge.

For further information on the Victorian school vaccination program, visit the Department of Health's website.

For further information on the New South Wales school vaccination program, visit the NSW Health website.

Immunisation history

Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

AIR Statements contain details of vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program (NIP), school programs (from 2016) and most privately purchased vaccines given to people of all ages. There are a range of ways to obtain an immunisation history statement from AIR.

This can be viewed on the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) website.

Wodonga Council records

We are unable to provide records for the following circumstances;

  • Children under the age of 7 years, their childhood vaccination records are available by contacting the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) on 1800 653 809 or medicare.gov.au
  • Vaccinations given by doctors or other providers. Please contact the initial provider.
  • Vaccinations administered at a NSW school. Please contact The Murrumbidgee local health district on 02 6080 8900.
  • Vaccinations administered more than 25 years ago.

Wodonga Councils immunisation team can provide vaccination records for individuals 18 years and over, or for a dependent child aged under 18 years that have been vaccinated in the following areas: through a Wodonga Council immunisation service including vaccinations given at school. These areas include;

  • Wodonga
  • Indigo Shire
  • Benalla Council
  • Towong Shire
  • Strathbogie Shire
  • Murrindindi Shire

A $12 application fee is applicable for individuals 18 years of age and over. Please complete the application form.

Commercial vaccination program

Due to the unprecedented demand for Council’s commercial flu program, we can no longer take any further bookings for the 2020 Commercial Influenza Program.

We apologise for any inconvenience.