Immunisations and flu vaccinations
Free immunisation service
We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.
You do not need to book immunisation sessions.
The Victorian Government has a schedule of immunisations provided free under the NIP. This schedule explains which vaccines are given at each age stage.
If your child’s immunisations are not up to date (according to the NIP), your GP can develop a catch-up program with you. Contact us if you have questiions about a catch-up schedule.
Ensure you have a catch-up program before you attend one of our immunisation sessions, as they take some time to develop.
Immunisation status certificate
Under No Jab, No Play laws, all children enrolling at an early childhood education facility or care service must present an immunisation status certificate. The certificate or statement is available from the Australia Immunisations Register or will be mailed to you after your child receives their final immunisation boosters at 4 years.
Secondary school immunisations
We visit secondary schools twice a year to immunise Year 7 students, and once a year for Year 10 students. Funded vaccines are provided according to the Victorian immunisation schedule. Parents and guardians must return a completed immunisation consent card to their child’s school, regardless of yes or no consent.
If your child misses a school immunisation session, contact us for information on how to catch up.
About the vaccinations
In 2018, seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are being funded by the Australian and Victorian governments for some eligible members of the community. These are available at our public immunisation sessions.
Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?
The following people can get the free flu vaccine through Council or a GP:
- All children aged 6 months to 5years (all children in this age group who receive a flu vaccination for the first time require 2 doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of 4 weeks)
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over.
Those outside of these eligible groups can still receive the vaccine through a GP or pharmacy at a cost. It would be best to call in advance to check availability and/or make an appointment.
Call us first to check
Our immunisation service currently has vaccines available for all the listed eligible groups but stocks are depleting and once gone we are unsure of when more vaccines will be available. The Department of Health and Human Services is urgently exploring all options for more flu vaccines.
We suggest that if you or a family member are eligible for the free flu vaccine and plan to attend a Council immunisation session specifically for a flu injection that you call 1300 787 624 prior to the session to confirm vaccine availability.