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Immunisation

Girl being immunised by nurse.

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.

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 here.


Wodonga sessions

Our 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

See the 2018 printable immunisation timetable here.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no longer vaccination sessions at the Stanley Street Maternal and Child Health Centre.


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Mobile immunisation

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.

2018 timetable


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Vaccines available 

Free vaccines

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

Other free vaccines include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine;
    People at risk of Hepatitis B infection as follows: All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – hepatitis B non-immune, no restrictions, Household contacts and sexual partners of people living with hepatitis B, People who inject drugs (other vaccines also available free of charge) or are on opioid substitution therapy, People living with Hepatitis C, Men who have sex with men (other vaccines also available free of charge), people living with HIV and people no longer in a custodial setting who commenced but did not complete a free vaccine course while in custody
  • Influenza vaccine;
    Available free of charge to eligible groups - see influenza section for more information
    School Vaccines are available - see school immunisation section for more information.
  • Boostrix vaccine;
    Free for the following people: Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last ten years and parents/guardians of a baby under six months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
  • Pregnant women;
    Are eligible for free influenza at any stage of pregnancy and free Boostrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough) from 28 weeks’ gestation during every pregnancy
  • People aged 65 years and older;
    Influenza and Pneumococcal
  • Assylum seekers and humaniarian entrants;
    All refugees and humanitarian entrants including asylum seekers are eligible for free vaccines

Catch-up immunisation

From January 1, 2016, 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.

From 1 July 2017, 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 our fees and charges list 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 retian recipet) 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.


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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 (VIC), Year 10 and 11 (NSW) students

  • Meningoccal 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.


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Immunisation history

Austrailan Immunisation Register (AIR)

AIR Statements contain details of vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and most privately purchased vaccines, given to people of all ages. The list of vaccines AIR can record can be viewed on the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) website at Vaccinations accepted on the AIR.

Statements are automatically generated upon completion of the childhood vaccination schedule (usually around four years of age) and are mailed to the address most recently recorded by Medicare for that individual. Parents of children under 14 years old and young individuals between 14 and 20 years can obtain an AIR Statement in the following ways:

  • Online – through MYGOV once an account has been created
  • Medicare Express Plus App once a MYGOV account has been created
  • Over the counter - at a Medicare service centre
  • Phone – call AIR on 1800 653 809

Additionally parents, guardians or a legal representative of an individual can also request an Immunisation History Statement for individuals incapable of managing their own health affairs.
Vaccinations given through school program may not appear in this statement.

HVP Register

The HPV register contains details of HPV vaccinations administered through schools since 2007. The HPV Register automatically sends a Vaccination History Statement to the vaccine recipient once they have received the full course of the HPV vaccine. Statements can be obtained by:

  • Phone – call HPV Register on 1800 478 734

Wodonga Council records

If you are unable to locate your immunisation history on AIR or the HPV Register and you were vaccinated through a Wodonga Council service, please complete the application form and return to us:

Post:

Wodonga Council,
PO Box 923,
Wodonga,
VIC 3689

In person: City offices, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga during business hours
Email: info@wodonga.vic.gov.au

For adults or children vaccinated aged seven years or older (including school vaccinations), please ring the person/service who provided the vaccination (for example your GP, another council or health service).


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Flu vaccination program

Flu vaccination is available from May to December at the council immunisation sessions for people aged over six months. Please bring along your Medicare card and payment (if applicable). If your child is less than three years and you would like them to be vaccinated please contact the council’s Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360.

The cost of the vaccine is $18 per dose, cash and EFTPOS payments are accepted at all council immunisation sessions. The following groups are eligible to receive the flu vaccination free of charge:

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years (as of 2018)
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years
  • 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 Table 3).
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).

Table 3. Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for free vaccination under the NIP*

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

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Commercial vaccination program

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

For more information, please see the Corporate Flu Vaccinations brochure.

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


Downloads

PDFApplication for immunisation record (PDF 458KB)


Last updated: 06-09-2018

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