Immunisation sessions continuing
Immunisation sessions will continue as advertised but bookings are now essential.
Please ring Family Services on 9599 4755 to make a booking.
We will be enforcing strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines.
Please do not attend if you have been overseas in the last 14 days, have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, are waiting on a COVID-19 swab or feel unwell.
Council is not a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Please check your eligibility and local vaccination sites via the Australian Government Vaccines Eligibility Checker.
Influenza vaccine update
Our government funded influenza vaccines are now available.
Influenza vaccinations for children between 6 months of age and up until age 5 can now be administered free of charge at our community immunisation sessions.
We can also offer vaccinations for those over the age of 65 years, and those between 5 and 64 years of age with an underlying medical condition.
Those eligible include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) and medical conditions that put the individual at risk of severe influenza and its complications.
We provide the following immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program.
Infants and children
|2 months (can be given from 6 weeks)||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
|4 months||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
|6 months||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
Measles, mumps, rubella
Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox
|4 years||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis|
12–13 years or Year 7 of secondary school
|Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
|Year 10||Meningococcal ACWY|
Vaccines for pregnant women and new parents
Whooping cough vaccine
The most effective way to protect young babies from whooping cough is for you to be vaccinated during pregnancy. By getting vaccinated, you pass on protective antibodies through the placenta to your baby that protects them in their first few months of life, when they are most vulnerable. Vaccination during pregnancy is very effective – it has been shown to reduce whooping cough disease in babies aged less than 3 months by over 90%.
We provide free whooping cough vaccine for the following groups:
- Pregnant women from 20 weeks gestation during every pregnancy (ideally 20-32weeks)
- Partners of women in the third trimester if the partner has not received the vaccine in the last 10 years.
- Parents/guardians of a baby under 6 months of age that have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years.
Influenza vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
It helps to protect both mother and unborn baby from complications associated with the influenza virus during pregnancy. Complications associated with influenza include pneumonia, miscarriage and premature labour.
Protective antibodies are also passed to the newborn to help protect baby in the early months of life.
Women who received the previous year’s seasonal influenza vaccine early in their pregnancy can receive the current seasonal influenza vaccine (when it becomes available) later in the same pregnancy
The Victorian government funds influenza vaccine for all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years.
This vaccine is available now at our community immunisation sessions. View immunisation sessions
Children are much more likely to contract the flu in any given season compared to adults. Children under 5 have some of the highest rates of the flu and associated complications causing the most hospital admissions of all other vaccine preventable diseases in children of this age.
The flu can cause substantial illness in children, which may require a visit to the emergency department or GP due to high fever, cough, pneumonia and convulsions. Whilst rare, severe complications such encephalitis (life threatening brain inflammation) can also occur.
Not only are the flu infection rates generally highest among children, children also contribute greatly to transmission of the flu in the community.
Vaccination is proven to reduce a child’s risk of contracting the flu and suffering from its complications.
Vaccinating young children protects the wider community by reducing the amount of virus circulating in the community. It also helps protect people who are more vulnerable to serious complications from flu such as babies, older people and people with chronic medical conditions.
It’s recommended that children receive their first influenza vaccine at 6 months and annually thereafter.
Vaccination is required annually, as immunity from the vaccine decreases over time. The vaccine can change each year to cover the current circulating virus strains. It generally takes 10 to 14 days to be fully protected after vaccination
Influenza vaccine is also recommended for older children and anyone wanting to reduce the risk of infection. For more information visit https://beta.health.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2019-influenza-vaccines-your-best-shot-at-stopping-influenza.
If you or your child experiences any severe or unexpected reactions following any vaccination they must be reported to SAEFVIC who monitor all vaccine-related reactions in Victoria. This can be done by contacting us on (03) 9599 4755 or you can report reactions directly via the SaefVic website.
Year 7 and Year 10 secondary school vaccinations
Our immunisation nurses visit all secondary schools in Bayside to deliver the Secondary Schools Vaccination Program.
Students will be offered in Year 7:
- HPV - Gardasil9 (Human Papillomavirus)
- Boostrix (Adolescent Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)
Students will be offered in Year 10:
- Meningococcal ACWY
Information packs were sent home with your child. Please read the information carefully, complete the consent card and send it back to school. It is important to send the card back to school even if you do not consent for the vaccines to be given.
You can download information packs or Secondary School Vaccine Program consent cards at www.immunehero.health.vic.gov.au
You can learn more about the diseases, vaccines, and how you can prepare your child for vaccination at the following websites:
Immunisation history or school certificate
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) keeps a record of your child's immunisations from birth.
You will automatically receive a history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) when your child turns five years old. However, if you have not received the statement or if you have misplaced your statement you can request a certificate at any time at the Medicare website. Alternatively, you can contact Medicare on:
- 1800 653 809
- Medicare online or myGov
Make sure that Medicare and AIR have your current address details so that you receive your child's history statement. If you are moving, or have recently moved, contact them to update your contact details.
What are the no jab policies?
The state and federal governments have introduced new legislation in an effort to improve childhood immunisation rates within Victoria.
No jab, no pay
Families will no longer be eligible for family assistance payments such as Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit if their child/children are not fully immunised in line with the National Immunisation Schedule or if they do not have an approved medical exemption.
No jab no play
All parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service will be required to provide evidence that the child/children is/are:
- fully immunised for their age
- is/are on a recognised vaccination catch up program
- has a medical reason for not being immunised.
Read more about No Jab No Play