We provide free immunisation programs for both infants and school-age children.
Infant Immunisation Program
We provide immunisations for infants on the first and 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.
- Infanrix Hexa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hep B & Hib) – 2, 4 and 6 months old
- Infanrix IPV (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio) – 3.5–4 years old
- Menitorix (Meningococcol C/Haemphilus influenzae type b) – 12 months old
- Priorix /MMRII (Measles Mumps and Rubella) – 12 months of age and 4 years old
- Priorix Tetra (Measles, Mumps, Rubella /Varicella) – 18 months old
- Prevenar 13 (Pneumococcal) – 2,4, and 6 months old
- Rotarix (Rotavirus) – 2 and 4 months old
Immunisation Dates 2017
- 19 May
- 16 June
- 21 July
- 18 August
- 15 September
- 20 October
- 17 November
- 15 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/Pertussis (DTPa): (1 dose)
- Varicella – Chickenpox: (1 dose) for all eligible (not previously immunised) students
- 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 can 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.
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 Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) which is a national database for recording details of immunisations given to children under 7 years who live in Australia. Parents can telephone the ACIR 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.
For more information about our immunisation programs, please contact us on (03) 6211 8255 or email@example.com.
More detailed information on the school based immunisation program can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).