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Immunisation

Girl being immunised by nurse.

Wodonga Council provides free immunisation to all members of the public, across all age groups, for vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS).

Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting our community against harmful diseases.

Pre-immunisation information

The Department of Health has a pre-immunisation checklist that determines whether you or your child is fit for vaccination. The pre-immunisation checklist is also available in other languages.

Age requirements

The minimum age for your baby's first vaccinations is strictly six weeks old (42 days).

Please ensure your child has reached the correct age milestone before presenting for immunisation. For example, six weeks, four months, 12 months, 18 months and four years (four years immunisation can be given from three years and six months of age)

Babies must be given the first dose of rotavirus vaccine before the age of 12 weeks. If babies have not had the first dose by 12 weeks of age they cannot commence the rotavirus vaccination program. The three-dose schedule of rotavirus vaccine must be completed by 32 weeks of age.

If the individual to be vaccinated is less than 18 years, signed consent must be given by a parent or legal guardian.

What to bring

Parents are asked to bring their child’s health record book so that vaccinations given may be recorded. All vaccinations given to children under seven years of age are recorded on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

Please also bring your Medicare card.

Waiting times

No bookings are required (PLEASE NOTE: There is a 15-minute waiting period after the vaccine has been given).

Side effects of immunisation

Some clients may experience minor side effects following immunisation.

The Department of Health lists the common side effects of each vaccine.

Catch-up immunisations

From January 1, 2016, all states and territories will be providing free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children less than 10 years of age on an on-going basis and parents who wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive family assistance payments will have access to free catch-up vaccines for a time-limited period (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017).

Please contact the councils Immunisation Team on (02) 6022 9300 if you are planning to attend an immunisation service for catch up immunisations.


Current immunisation legislation

No Jab No Pay

Families eligible to receive family assistance payments and have children less than 20 years of age, must now ensure that their children are up to date with immunisations or are on a recognised catch-up schedule. Futher information available here.

This legislations applies to Victoria only.

Under the 'No Jab, No Play' legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services must first obtain evidence that the child is:

  • Fully immunised for their age;
  • On a vaccination catch-up program; or,
  • Unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

'Conscientious objection' is not an exemption under the 'No Jab No Play' legislation. These law applies to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria providing:

  • Long day care;
  • Kindergarten (including 3 and 4 year old kindergarten);
  • Occasional care; or
  • Family day care.

Further information here.


Wodonga sessions

Our immunisation sessions are held at:

  • Baranduda Community Centre, 3 Sage Street, Baranduda;
  • Stanley St community centre, 24 Stanley St, Wodonga;
  • TAFE Space, 158 Lawrence St, Wodonga; and,
  • Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House, Trudewind Rd, Wodonga.

See the 2017 Wodonga printable immunisation timetable here, or download the 2018 printable immunisation timetable here.


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Mobile immunisation

Mobile immunisation van with staff.

Our mobile immunisation sessions outside of Wodonga are held at Benalla, Towong, Indigo and Strathbogie shires.

These councils contract us to carry out immunisation services for their shire.

2017 timetables:

2018 timetable:


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Vaccines available 

Boxes of medicines, types of immunisation available.

Vaccines available on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are free for eligible groups.

The following vaccines may not be available free of charge for all groups and may be purchased from us.

These include:

  • Adult Hepatitis B vaccine;
  • Influenza (for people aged under 65 years or not in an at risk group);
  • Adult Hepatitis A vaccine;
  • Combined adult Hepatitis A and B vaccine;
  • Chicken pox vaccine; and
  • Pneumococcal vaccine for children over two years of age or for adults aged under 65 years who are not in an at risk group.

Should you wish to purchase any of the vaccines listed above, please pay at our reception desk at 104 Hovell St, Wodonga prior to attending the session.

Only vaccines supplied by us can be administered by nurses at our immunisation sessions. We cannot administer vaccines that have been purchased elsewhere, for example, from the chemist.

Please phone us at least two weeks prior if you wish to receive any of the following vaccines, as these may have to be ordered:

  • Adult and paediatric Hepatitis A vaccines; and
  • Combined adult and paediatric Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please bring your receipt for purchased vaccines with you to the immunisation session.

All vaccines administered to children under the age of seven years are reported to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

The Victorian Better Health Channel has more information available on immunisation and in-depth information on vaccine preventable diseases and definitions (follow the links).


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School immunisation

Student getting needle off nurse.

Students at schools within Wodonga are offered:

Year seven students

Wodonga Council visits all secondary schools in Wodonga, Benalla, Indigo, Strathbogie, Murrindindi and Towong Shire areas.

Consent cards are sent home to parents via the school in February. Students must return a correctly completed consent card in order to be vaccinated at school. For statistical purposes, all cards must be returned to the school even if the student is not receiving the vaccine.

Parents are asked to contact our community focus team on (02) 6022 9300 if their child has not received an information package and consent card.

Any student who missed out on receiving a vaccine via the school vaccination program is invited to phone our immunisation team on (02) 6022 9300 for further information on how to receive missed vaccinations.

Age equivalent students who do not attend mainstream secondary school may contact us to receive these vaccines free of charge.


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Preschool immunisation

We offer a preschool immunisation program aimed at children aged four years.

The immunisations offered are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis/polio.

All preschools and childcare centres offering preschool programs are visited and every eligible child is offered the scheduled vaccinations.

Children enrolling into primary school/preschool/childcare in Victoria require a school entry immunisation certificate.

After your child has completed the four-year-old vaccine schedule and the records have been sent to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR), your child will automatically receive a history statement.

This can be used as the school entry immunisation certificate for enrolment into primary school.

For more information, please refer to 'Starting Primary School'.


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Immunisation history request

For children who were vaccinated before the age of seven, request your immunisation history from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) online or phone 1800 653 809.

For adults or children vaccinated aged seven years or older (including school vaccinations), please ring the person/service who provided the vaccination (e.g. GP, council or health service).

For people vaccinated through a Wodonga Council service, please complete the application form and return to us:

Post:

Wodonga Council,
PO Box 923,
Wodonga,
VIC 3689

In person: City offices, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga during business hours

Email: info@wodonga.vic.gov.au


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Commercial vaccination program

We can provide group immunisations, such as the annual flu vaccination, at your workplace.

For more information, please see the Corporate Flu Vaccinations brochure.

Please phone our immunisation team on (02) 6022 9300 if you wish to make a booking.


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Flu vaccination program

Flu vaccination is now available at council immunisation sessions for people aged over three years, please bring along your Medicare card and cash payment/receipt (if applicable). If your child is less than three years and you would like them to be vaccinated please contact council’s immunisation team on 1800 655 360 – we currently do not have this vaccine but are expecting to receive this vaccine in April.

The cost of the vaccine is $20 per dose, cash payments are accepted at all council immunisation sessions. EFT payments may be made at Wodonga Council offices 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Please bring your receipt with you to the immunisation session you wish to attend. The following groups are eligible to receive the flu vaccination free of charge:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years
  • All persons aged ≥65 years
  • All persons aged ≥6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes (refer to Table 3).
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).

Table 3. Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for free vaccination under the NIP*

Category

Vaccination strongly recommended for individuals   with the following conditions

Cardiac disease

Cyanotic congenital heart disease  Congestive heart failure  Coronary artery disease

Chronic respiratory conditions

Severe asthma  Cystic fibrosis  Bronchiectasis  Suppurative lung disease  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  Chronic emphysema

Chronic neurological conditions

Hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases  Seizure disorders  Spinal cord injuries  Neuromuscular disorders

Immunocompromising conditions

Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment  Asplenia or splenic dysfunction  HIV infection

Diabetes and other metabolic disorders

Type 1 or 2 diabetes  Chronic metabolic disorders

Renal disease

Chronic renal failure

Haematological disorders

Haemoglobinopathies

Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6 months to 10 years

 


 

 

Downloads

Australian Immunisation Register


Flu
vaccination is now available at council immunisation sessions for people aged
over three years, please bring along your Medicare card and cash
payment/receipt (if applicable). If your child is less than three years and you
would like them to be vaccinated please contact council’s immunisation team on
1800 655 360 – we currently do not have this vaccine but are expecting to
receive this vaccine in April.



 



The
cost of the vaccine is $20 per dose, cash payments are accepted at all council
immunisation sessions. EFT payments may be made at Wodonga Council offices
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Please bring your receipt with you to the immunisation
session you wish to attend. The following groups are eligible to receive the
flu vaccination free of charge:



·        
Aboriginal
and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to



·        
Aboriginal
and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years



·        
All
persons aged ≥65 years



·        
All
persons aged ≥6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the
risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or
heart disease, low immunity or diabetes (refer to Table 3).



·        
Pregnant
women (during any stage of pregnancy).



Table 3. Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of
influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for free
vaccination under the NIP*





 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 

Category


 

 

Vaccination strongly recommended for individuals
  with the following conditions


 

 

Cardiac disease


 

 

Cyanotic congenital heart disease

  Congestive heart failure

  Coronary artery disease


 

 

Chronic respiratory conditions


 

 

Severe asthma

  Cystic fibrosis

  Bronchiectasis

  Suppurative lung disease

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  Chronic emphysema


 

 

Chronic neurological conditions


 

 

Hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases

  Seizure disorders

  Spinal cord injuries

  Neuromuscular disorders


 

 

Immunocompromising conditions


 

 

Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment

  Asplenia or splenic dysfunction

  HIV infection


 

 

Diabetes and other metabolic disorders


 

 

Type 1 or 2 diabetes

  Chronic metabolic disorders


 

 

Renal disease


 

 

Chronic renal failure


 

 

Haematological disorders


 

 

Haemoglobinopathies


 

 

Long-term aspirin therapy in children aged 6
  months to 10 years


 
 


 



PDFApplication for immunisation record (PDF 458KB)

PDFCorporate flu vaccinations 2017 (PDF 152KB)

PDFBenalla immunisation sessions 2017 (PDF 72KB)

PDFIndigo immunisation sessions 2017 (PDF 79KB)

PDFStrathbogie immunisation sessions 2017 (PDF 77KB)

PDFTowong immunisation sessions 2017 (PDF 72KB)

PDFWodonga immunisation sessions 2017 (PDF 80KB)


Last updated: 05-12-2017

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