Immunisation for adults

Who provides adult immunisation services?

Council and general practitioners are the main providers of immunisation to the community.

Council holds immunisation sessions for adults, babies and children and secondary school students.

Adult immunisation schedule

Council offers the purchase of some vaccines to adults, as well as the free adult vaccines to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Vaccines listed below are available at all Council immunisation sessions.

Influenza (Now available)

Council offers free Influenza vaccination to:

  • All children aged 6 months to under 5 years of age.
  • Aged 5 years and older and over with conditions that can cause severe illness following influenza infection
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years of age and over
  • All pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy, and
  • Those aged 65 years and older.

This is an annual seasonal vaccine and availability is generally between March and December each year.

It is recommended that you contact us on 9240 1202 if you require the influenza vaccine outside these months to confirm if it is available.

Council can only supply this vaccine to people in the above list and does not sell it to the general public.

Whooping cough (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

Free vaccine from 1 June 2015 for the following:

Third trimester pregnancy

The diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is highly recommended and available free of charge to all pregnant women, ideally between 28 and 32 weeks, but at any time during the third trimester. Having this vaccine during pregnancy enables antibodies to pass across the placenta providing much needed whooping cough protection to newborns in their first few months of life. For this reason it is recommended in each pregnancy, regardless of how long it has been since the pregnant woman last received the vaccine.

Partners of pregnant women

Who have not received the vaccine in the last 10 years should receive the vaccine while their partner is in their 3rd trimester, to ensure they have developed immunity before the birth of their baby. The vaccine takes 2 weeks to work.

Parents of newborn babies (including guardians, adoptive and foster parents) born on or after the 1 June 2015 but before the child is 6 months old:

Should get the vaccines as soon as possible following the birth, if not vaccinated in pregnancy or in the previous 10 years, to protect them from catching and passing the infection onto their baby.

For more information visit information for parents - free whooping cough vaccine and immunisation and pregnancy.

This vaccine is also available for $40 per dose for all those who will be in close contact with newborn babies but do not qualify for the free vaccine program. Ideally it is received 2 weeks before beginning of close contact to allow the vaccine to work.

Hepatitis B

Offered free to at risk adults.

Immunisation against Hepatitis B for adults is also available for purchase.

A 3-dose course is required, and must adhere to minimum time spacing between doses. We would advise you of these dates at the session. this vaccine costs $21 per dose.

Hepatitis A

Offered free to at risk adults

Human Papillomavirus

Offered free to at risk adults

Measles, mumps and rubella

Council offers free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination to women planning pregnancy or shortly after delivery with low or negative rubella antibodies. Your doctor or hospital would advise this, following a blood test.

Please note for women planning pregnancy, that pregnancy is not advised for 4 weeks following vaccination.

Moreland City Council can only supply this vaccine to the above people and do not sell it to the general public.

Pneumococcal

Pnuemovax23 is available to the following adults:

  • 15 to 49 years of age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with underlying medical risk factors
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years of age and over
  • Those aged 65 years and older

Moreland City Council can only supply this vaccine to the above people and do not sell it to the general public.

Meningococcal ACWY

Offered free to at risk adults

Payment for vaccines

For vaccines purchased at an immunisation session, cash payment (exact money is much appreciated) can be made at the immunisation session or you can pre-pay at a Council Customer Service Centre, by cash or credit card and then bring the receipt to the immunisation session.

What happens at an immunisation session?

At an immunisation session you will:

  • be given a pre-immunisation checklist and relevant information about possible reactions
  • need to present your Medicare card
  • pay or show proof of payment from pre-paying at a Council Customer Service Centre for any purchased vaccines as listed above.
  • be told which vaccines you will be given on the day and if you need to come back on other dates.
  • have an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with your Immunisation Nurse, before verbally consenting to immunisation

Injections are given in the arms.

Once you have been vaccinated you will need to stay for 15 minutes. This is in case you have a reaction. An adverse reaction to immunisation will usually happen within a few minutes of receiving the injection.

It is advisable not to drive for 30 minutes after receiving a vaccination.

If you have a cold, cough or are on antibiotics, you can still be immunised.

However, if you have a temperature of 38.5ºC or over, immunisation should be postponed for a few days until you feel better.

If you have any questions, contact Council.