Childhood immunisation

Council conducts free immunisation sessions each month at different locations in Moreland for babies aged from 6 weeks old (not a day earlier) to children aged 4 years.

At an immunisation session for your baby or child you will need to present your Child Health Record and your Medicare card if you have one.

You will be given a pre-immunisation checklist on arrival. You'll also be advised when you need to come back or make an appointment for the next vaccine.

You will have an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with your Immunisation Nurse before consenting to immunisation.

Children under 12 months of age will be given injections in the legs and 12 months of age or older are given injections in the arms. Injections are given while you hold your baby. You may choose to bottle or breast feed your child.

After your child has been vaccinated you need to stay for about 15 minutes. This is a precautionary measure in case your baby has a reaction. An adverse reaction to immunisation is rare but will usually happen within a few minutes of receiving the injection.

If you or family are displaying any symptoms of a cold, cough, fever, sore throat or vomiting and diarhhoea your visit should be postponed until you are well.

If you have any questions, contact Council or your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Which free vaccines are provided to my child?

See immunisation schedule and vaccine eligibility criteria and immunisation for children for up-to-date information on which free vaccines are provided at different ages.

2020 Free flu vaccine - Now available

The free flu vaccine is available for children aged 6 months to under 5 years.

In 2018 the Victorian State Government announced funding for all children aged 6 months up until their fifth birthday to receive the Influenza (flu) vaccine free of charge.  As of 2020, the Federal Government funds the program.

Any child who is under the age of 9 receiving the flu vaccine for the first time must have 2 doses, a month apart, as a primary course.

Free flu vaccine is also available for:

  • People aged 5 years and over who have a medical risk factor that increases their risk of complications from influenza
  • Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over
  • Pregnant women anytime during pregnancy
  • Adults aged 65 years and older

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent Influenza and its complications. The period of peak Influenza circulation is typically June to September however the past 12 months have seen a significant increase in cases across all months. For this reason it is never too late to have the flu vaccine.

Vaccine protection is generally expected to last all season but the highest protection occurs within the 3 to 4 months after vaccination.

The flu vaccine is highly recommended but is not linked to any payments or benefits.

Children aged under 9 having the vaccine for the first time require 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart. All other age groups require a single dose only. Please contact us for further information.

For any further queries please contact the Immunisation team on 9240 1111 or email Moreland immunisation.

12 month immunisations

Maternal antibodies given to your baby during pregnancy are still in their immune system until they turn one.

It is recommended that the 12 month vaccinations are not given until the baby's first birthday. If given earlier, the vaccinations may not work as well as they should and may need to be repeated.

If it is necessary for you to attend before your child is 12 months, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us on 9240 1111 and follow the prompts.

Booster immunisation for 4-year-old children

It is strongly recommemended that this booster is given as close to 4 years as possible. This is to reduce the likelihood of a localised skin reaction and to prolong the length of protection throughout kindergarten and primary school. Individual cases will be considered for children aged 3.5 years and older if they require the vaccine before they turn 4.

The booster immunisation is considered overdue at 4 years and 1 month.

Parents are posted a reminder from Australian Children's Immunisation Register at this time.

Chickenpox vaccine booster dose

A second dose of chickenpox vaccine is recommended by the manufacturer to increase protection. This can be purchased for $72 (price 1/7/2020). A 4 week minimum gap is required between live vaccines.

Meningococcal B vaccine

As at the 1 July 2020 Bexsero will be available at council sessions for some at risk babies.

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander infants 2,4 & 12 months
  • A 3 year catch up until June 2023 for Indigenous children aged <2 years
  • For people of any age with certain risk conditions

At this stage we do not have Bexsero for purchase.

What happens if a vaccination is overdue?

A vaccination is considered overdue if not administered by 1 month after the due date.

Parents may be contacted by Moreland City Council or Australian Immunisation Register at this time. You may also receive a letter if you are currently receiving benefits and need to catch up vaccines in order to continue receiving payments.

Most of the immunisations on the Immunise Australia Program are linked to family assistance payments, including the Child Care Benefit. Children need to be up to date with immunisation or have an approved medical exemption. Please note we are unable to sign medical exemption paperwork.

In January 2016, the No Jab, No Play and No Jab, No Pay legislation were introduced. No Jab, No Play is a Victorian State initiative linked to childcare and kindergarten enrolment. No Jab, No Pay is a national initiative linked to financial rebates. Both aim to encourage families to complete the childhood immunisation schedule and increase overall immunisation rates across Victoria and Australia.

Catch up immunisation sessions

Council conducts catch up immunisations for:

  • All children and teens up to 20 years old (vaccines must commence before the 20th birthday but can be concluded after the 20th birthday),
  • All refugees and humanitarian entrants including asylum seekers and
  • vulnerable citizens.

Medicare is not essential.

Whether you are newly arrived in Australia or have missed previous vaccinations, free catch up immunisation is available at Moreland City Council.

Please contact us on 9240 1202 or 9240 2253 to arrange an appointment to discuss missed vaccines. Normally we can discuss this with you over the phone but in some cases you may be required to bring your child’s records to the Moreland Civic Centre. This helps us plan which vaccines are required to bring your child up to date.

Please do not attend a session without contacting us in advance. If you choose to do so you will be asked to contact us at the Moreland Civic Centre and that in most cases immunisation will not occur on that day.

Overseas immunisation histories

If you need help translating your child’s immunisation record, the Department of Social Services have a free translating service that you may be able to access. For further information, see free translating service.

Travel Vaccines

Travel vaccines, including early measles, mumps & rubella immunisation can only be administered through a GP or travel clinic.