Immunisation

Meningococcal Vaccination Update

The State Government have extended the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination program to include all Tasmanians under 21 years old (born after 1 August 1997). Kingborough Council is intending to hold special meningococcal vaccination clinics after 6 August 2018, but this is dependent on availability of the vaccine. Once our vaccination order has been received we will advertise the dates and times of our local clinics. Please keep an eye on Council’s website and social media pages for updates.

We provide free immunisation programs for both infants and school-age children.

Please note that the number of doses required will be dependent on age. The table below contains the dose schedule and minimum intervals for the vaccines Kingborough will be providing at the clinics.

Age at commencement of vaccine course Number of doses* Notes
6 weeks – 5 months 3 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd doses; 3rd dose at 12 months of age
6 – 11 months 2 2nd dose at 12 months of age or 8 weeks after 1st dose, whichever is later
≥12 months 1

*Note: The number of doses specified may vary for individuals with specified medical conditions associated with increased risk of meningococcal disease.

Infant Immunisation Program

We provide immunisations for infants on the third Friday of every month between 10–11am at the Kingston Community Health Centre, 29 John Street, Kingston (behind Kingston Plaza). No appointment is necessary.

Vaccines offered:

  • Infanrix Hexa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hep B & Hib) – 2, 4 and 6 months old
  • Prevenar 13 (Pneumococcal) – 2,4, and 6 months old
  • Rotarix (Rotavirus) – 2 and 4 months old
  • Menitorix (Meningococcol C/Haemphilus influenzae type b) – 12 months old
  • Priorix /MMRII (Measles Mumps and Rubella) – 12 months of age
  • Priorix Tetra (Measles, Mumps, Rubella /Varicella) – 18 months old
  • Tripacel/Infanrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis) – 18 months old
  • Infanrix IPV (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio) – 4 years old
 Immunisation Dates 2018
  • 19 January
  • 16 February
  • 16 March
  • 20 April
  • 18 May
  • 15 June
  • 20 July
  • 17 August
  • 21 September
  • 19 October
  • 16 November
  • 21 December

School Immunisation Program

We visit each high school within the Kingborough municipality to carry out an immunisation program for Grade 7 children, in line with the National Immunisation Schedule:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (DTPa): (1 dose)
  • HPV (Gardisil) Vaccine: (3 doses over 6 months)

Consent forms are delivered to the high schools in preparation for the program in February each year. Parents must fill out and return consent form/s to the school if they wish for their child to be immunised. Late forms will not be accepted.

We are also implementing a new immunisation program for Meningococcal W. This was approved by the State Government to fund 15-19 year olds for the A, C, W and Y strains.

This year, we will visit each high school in Term 1 within Kingborough to carry out the immunisation program for Grade 10 in line with the National Immunisation Schedule:

  • Meningococcal ACWY (Menactra): 1 dose

Consent forms will be delivered in February and collected two weeks later.

The Meningococcal W program will continue until April 2018.

Recording immunisation

Every time a child is immunised, it should be recorded in the Personal Health Record (Blue Book) which is given to parents after a baby is born.

It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to help in checking which children are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school.

The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.

Details of the immunisations are also sent to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which is a national database for recording details of all immunisations given to people who live in Australia. Parents can telephone the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call) for information about their child’s immunisation status.

Request an immunisation history

We can provide records of immunisations that have been given through our public and school immunisation programs. However, if you or your child attended a school outside of the Kingborough municipality then you will need to contact the council in that municipal area.

Please complete the Online Immunisation Request Form to retrieve these details.

More information

For more information about our immunisation programs, please contact us on (03) 6211 8255 or kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au

More detailed information on the school based immunisation program can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is immunisation?

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children, as well as adults, from a number of serious diseases.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defense mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to these infections.

Twelve diseases can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation:  diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio), measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, meningococcal C, pneumococcal pneumonia and varicella (chickenpox). All of these diseases can cause serious illness and sometimes death.

Is everyone protected from disease by immunisation?

Immunisation gives a good level of protection against disease, but unfortunately there can be no guarantee of 100% protection. A small number of people will not develop protection even though they have been immunised. A small number of people may only develop partial protection, but if they do catch the disease they have been immunised against, it is less severe.

Why should I have my child immunised?

There are three reasons for immunising Australian children:

  • Immunisation is a highly effective way of giving protection against disease. After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch a disease if there are outbreaks in the community.
  • If enough people in the community are immunised, an infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world, and how polio has been eliminated from many countries.
  • Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness and death do still occur from diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.

What are the common side effects of immunisation?

Common side effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injection, and low-grade fever. These reactions can be treated by giving your child paracetamol and by keeping your child cool with light clothing and plenty to drink.

Serious side effects are extremely rare, and usually happen very soon after immunisation. This is why we ask those being immunised to stay in the waiting area after immunisation for at least 15 minutes. If worrying or persistent reactions develop later, medical help should be obtained.

Having a serious side effect after an immunisation is extremely rare: the risk of developing a dangerous or even deadly disease is far greater. These two issues have to be weighed up when deciding whether to go ahead and have yourself or your child immunised.

Can all children be immunised?

Most children can have the full range of immunisations with safety. A very small number of children should not have immunisations, or should delay having immunisations, because they have certain medical conditions. This should be discussed with your family doctor or your paediatrician.

Where should immunisations be recorded?

Every time a child is immunised, this information should be recorded in the Personal Health Record (Blue Book) which is given to parents after a baby is born. It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to help in checking which children are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school. The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.

Details of the immunisations are also sent to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which is a national database for recording details of immunisations given to people from 0 to 21 years old who live in Australia. Anyone can inquire about their immunisation status (including parents on behalf of their children) by telephoning the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call).