We provide a range of free immunisation services throughout the City of Melton for infants, children, secondary school students and adults. We also provide 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 government funded vaccination program, according to the Immunisation Schedule Victoria.
All vaccines we administer, are registered to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All registered vaccines given can be easily viewed and accessed through the MyGov website.
2022 Community Immunisation sessions
Please note: We are not administering any COVID vaccines. Please reference the Department of Health for COVID vaccination options.
For further information, please contact our Immunisation team via email: email@example.com.
During this time of unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our immunisation staff will be taking additional steps to ensure everyone's safety and we are asking you to follow some precautions as well:
- the sessions are for those who are well, if you or your child are feeling sick, please stay home
- just one parent should attend with their child/baby, please avoid bringing siblings if you can
- we must adhere to the social distancing requirements (stay 1.5m from others as much as possible)
- our immunisation staff will be wearing certain personal protective items, due to the current climate
2021 Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
The free 2021 Influenza (flu) vaccine is now available at our council immunisation sessions for anybody who is eligible through the National Immunisation Program (NIP):
- children aged from 6 months to under 5 years of age
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people with certain chronic medical illnesses eg. chronic asthma, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease
- adults 65 years of age and over
- pregnant women.
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. If your child has a cough or cold, they may still be able to receive their scheduled vaccines. Please contact us, before attending your immunisation appointment.
When you attend a Council immunisation session please bring your child’s health book and Medicare details (if you or your child are eligible for vaccines, you can still receive the vaccines without a medicare card). Please ensure you book an appointment for your child to attend a community immunisation session.
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 Immunisation 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 Immunisation 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 an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) when your child is 5 years of age (after your child has received their 4 year old vaccine). If the certificate has not been received, you can obtain a copy by:
- contacting AIR at anytime on 1800 653 809
- logging onto your Medicare Online account, through myGov. If you do not have a myGov account you can create one
- contacting our Immunisation Officer who can email you a copy from AIR
- using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you do not have the app, you can download it to your mobile device.
The 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 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 Immunisation team on 9747 7200.
If your child has never been vaccinated or was vaccinated overseas, contact our Immunisation 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)
- Diphtheria, 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.
Meningococcal B Vaccine
The free Meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine is currently funded through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, aged less than 2 years of age. The vaccine is available at our council immunisation sessions, for eligible infants.
Indigenous infants can receive Bexsero at 2 (from 6 weeks), 4 and 12 months of age. Indigenous children aged less than 2 years, can receive Bexsero on a catch up schedule.
The catch up schedule for Bexsero is currently for a 3 year period, until 30 June 2023. The number of catch-up doses required, depends on the age of commencement.
Bexsero is the only vaccination that requires paracetamol use before vaccination, due to the common side effect of a fever following this vaccine. All children, aged less than 2 years should receive a dose of paracetamol 30 minutes prior to the Bexsero dose or as soon as practicable after vaccine. This should also be followed by 2 further doses at 6 hourly intervals, regardless of the presence of a fever. Dose according to weight and manufacturer’s instructions with paracetamol.
If your child is not eligible to receive the Meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine through the NIP, the vaccine is available to be purchased privately. Please see your local GP.
Please email the immunisation team firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Overseas Immunisation History
If your child has been immunised overseas, please email email@example.com. Council’s immunisation staff will add your child’s overseas immunisation history on to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). If any catch up vaccinations are required to be up to date with the Victorian Immunisation Schedule, you will be informed through our immunisation team.
If you have received a COVID vaccine overseas, we recommend you email the Department of Health for advice and direction.
Melton City Council immunisation team are not administering any COVID vaccines. If you do require anymore support, please do not hesitate to contact us, via email.