Wodonga Council
Immunisation

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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.

Wodonga's immunisation sessions are held at:

  • Baranduda Community Centre, 3 Sage Street, Baranduda;
  • Felltimber Community Centre, Cnr of Melrose Dr and Felltimber Creek Rd, Wodonga;
  • TAFE Space, 158 Lawrence St, Wodonga; and,
  • Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House, Trudewind Rd, Wodonga.
  • Wodonga Children's Fair - Late October


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.

Waiting times

No bookings are required
(PLEASE NOTE: There is a 15-minute waiting period after the vaccine has been given).

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.

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)
  • 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 in February. 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 our Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 if their child has not received an information package and consent card.

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.

Immunisation history

Austrailan 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.

Flu vaccine program

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.

Commercial vaccination program

We can provide group immunisations, such as the annual flu vaccination, at your workplace.

For more information, please see the brochure below.

Please phone our immunisation team on 1800 655 360 if you wish to make a booking.