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
Haemophilus Influenza (if has not already received dose after age of 12 months)
|4 years (can be given from 3 years and 6 months of age)||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis|
12–13 years or Year 7 of secondary school
|Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
|Year 10||Meningococcal ACWY|
Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women and new parents
Free diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is currently recommended for:
- All pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation to protect the mother and help protect the new baby from whooping cough from birth until their vaccines begin at 6–8 weeks. This is recommended during every pregnancy.
- Any parent whose baby was born after 1 June 2015, up until the baby is 6 months old and have not had a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in the last 10 years.
- All partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis (whooping cough) booster in the last ten years.
- If you are a grandparent and wish to receive this vaccine, you may attend our offices to pay the cashier and bring your receipt to any of our infant sessions to receive the injection.
The Victorian government funds influenza vaccine for all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years.
This vaccine will be available from late April 2019 at our community immunisation sessions. Download the immunisation calendar here.
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 to 19 years of age.
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
- acir [at] medicareaustralia.gov.au
- 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.