We provide a range of free immunisation services throughout the municipality for infants, children and secondary school students, any catch up vaccines for eligible individuals, refugees or other humanitarian entrants.
Immunisation can protect individuals against a range of vaccine preventable diseases. We provide a vaccination program according to the Immunisation Schedule Victoria.
We always register your child’s immunisation details with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This means that your child’s immunisation details are kept up to date and accessible to you through the MyGov website.
View our 2017/2018 Immunisation Calendar(PDF, 234KB) for a convenient day or evening session throughout the municipality. No appointment is necessary.
You can also view our 2018/2019 Immunisation Calendar(PDF, 286KB).
2018 Free Flu Vaccine - Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years old
Commencing May 2018, Melton City Council will be offering free flu vaccines to children aged 6 months to 4 years and 11 months of age. This flu vaccine will be available for free, until December 2018.
You may attend any council immunisation session, for your child to receive this vaccine. Please see our 2017/2018 Immunisation calendar(PDF, 234KB) for session times.
Who is eligible for the free 2018 Influenza (or ‘flu’) vaccine ?
The 2018 seasonal influenza vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for people who are more likely to be affected by complications from the flu. This includes:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander people, age 15 years and over
- People with certain medical risk factors
- Children aged from 6 months to under 5 years old (up to 4 years and 11 months)
If you are eligible, you may attend any scheduled council immunisation to receive this free vaccine.
Immunisation for babies and children
Melton City Council will follow the Immunisation Schedule Victoria. Your baby cannot be immunised any earlier than 6 weeks of age. In most cases, your child can still be immunised if they have a cold or a cough.
When you attend a Council immunisation session please bring your child’s health book and Medicare details. On arrival to our session, please take a number at the entry and take a seat until our council staff member, calls your number.
If you have any questions regarding immunisation, our nurses will be able to assist. It is important to note that you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes post immunisation to ensure the wellbeing of the person vaccinated.
If your child was immunised overseas, we can upload copies of your child’s immunisation records onto AIR (Australian Immunisation Register). However, your child may require catch-up vaccinations to get up-to-date with the Victorian Immunisation schedule. Please contact our Environmental Health team on 9747 7200, who will be able to assist.
Childcare and Kindergarten
The Legislation requires all children enrolling in early childhood and care services to be up to date with their vaccinations or to have an approved exemption. This includes long day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.
For more information, visit Department of Health and Human Services.
If your child requires any vaccines to be up-to-date with the Victorian Immunisation Schedule, please attend any suitable Immunisation session, from the calendar or if you have any questions, please call our Environmental Health team on 9747 7200.
Starting Primary School - School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate
Parents/Guardians are required to provide proof of their child’s immunisation status prior to starting primary school which is a School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate.
You will automatically receive a school entry immunisation status certificate from AIR (Australian Immunisation Register) after your child has completed their four year old vaccine.
The second booster DTPa is recommended at 4 years of age
Children who receive their 18 month dose of DTPa vaccine should wait until their 4th birthday for the second booster DTPa dose (dose 5), usually provided as DTPa-IPV.
If your child has completed all required immunsations, but you have not received the certificate, call AIR on 1800 653 809.
If you have misplaced your school entry certificate, call AIR on 1800 653 809 or you can log onto your MyGov website, where you can access your child’s Immunisation certificate or you can visit your local Medicare office, to obtain a copy.
If for some reason your child’s immunisation records are incomplete or missing, please contact the relevant provider who administered the missing or incorrect vaccine/s. If you require assistance, contact our Environmental Health team on 9747 7200.
If your child has never been vaccinated or was vaccinated overseas, then contact our Environmental Health team who will be able to assist.
Secondary School Immunisation Program
Council offers free vaccinations to students, as per the Secondary School Immunisation Program. Council will visit throughout the year, all secondary schools located within the municipality, to provide the scheduled vaccines to students, whose parents or guardians have consented.
If your child has missed any vaccinations at school, you can attend a scheduled council immunisation session.
Year 7 Secondary School Immunisation Program
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough) - Boostrix
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Students in Year 7 are offered the HPV vaccine, which consists of two injections with a 6 month interval between the first and second dose.
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Students in year 7 are offered a dose of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). This is a single injection.
Year 10 Secondary School Program
Students in Year 10 (or age equivalent in the community) are offered a dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to protect them from four strains of the Meningococcal disease. This is a single injection.
Catch Up Vaccination
Eligible individuals may attend any scheduled council immunisation session.
If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Health Department on 9747 7200.