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
|12 months||Measles, mumps, rubella
Haemophilus influenzae type b, meningococcal C
|18 months||Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox
|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 Royal Children's Hospital recommends influenza vaccination for children.
Influenza vaccine can be given to any child over 6 months of age to reduce the chance of becoming sick with influenza. Vaccination is voluntary, but vaccination is encouraged for everyone.
If your child has a chronic medical condition, it is strongly recommended that they have an annual influenza vaccination. All household members should also be vaccinated to decrease the chances of your child being exposed to influenza.
Because the influenza virus changes (or mutates) slightly from year to year, your child will need a new and updated influenza vaccine at the beginning of each influenza season.
Visit your GP for advice and to receive this vaccine.
The Better Health Channel provides quality assured information and fact sheets about immunisation, infectious diseases and vaccines.
Vaccine reactions, SaefVic
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 secondary school vaccinations
Our immunisation nurses visit all secondary schools in Bayside to deliver the Secondary Schools Vaccination Program.
Students will be offered:
- HPV - Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus)
- Boostrix (Adolescent Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)
- Varilrix (Chickenpox)
Information packs were sent home with your child. Please read the information carefully and 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 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.