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Immunisation

Child Immunisations

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain diseases. Council provides an immunisation program according to current National Immunisation Program Schedule.

School Immunisation Program (FREE)

The Council holds an annual secondary school immunisation program during March, April and October. If you have a child in Year 7 you should receive a letter and consent card in February. The following vaccinations are offered to students:

Drop-In Immunisation Sessions 2016

You have a choice between an appointment service (for children up to 12 months of age only) or a drop in service. To arrange an appointment call Council’s Maternal and Child Health Immunization service on 9688 0145 .

These sessions provide all free vaccinations (as per the National Immunisation Program Schedule) and are available to Medicare card holders. Most sessions are held in the Maribyrnong municipality, Maribyrnong Community Centre and Maidstone Community Centre. Session times and venues are subject to change.

Vaccine Target Group
Chickenpox (catch-up dose) Year 7 students
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Year 7 Students
Adolescent Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (Boostrix) booster Year 7 Students

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox vaccine is available for children aged 18 months.

Toddlers will receive their chickenpox (varicella) vaccine with their second dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in the combined measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine.

School Entry Certificates

Upon enrolment for Primary School in Victoria, it is a legal requirement to provide a school entry certificate. When all vaccinations are completed at 4 years of age, a history statement will automatically be mailed to parents from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). The history statement provided by ACIR acts as a school entry certificate. The statement should read "This child has received all vaccines required by 5 years of age" on the bottom of the statement. If you have not received your statement you can obtain a copy by attending your local Medicare office with your Medicare card to receive a copy.

Resources and Learning for Students, Parents and Schools

Name External Web Link Description
DSI - Disease Scene Investigation. How immunisation works & Hepatitis B short film clips www.immunizebc.ca/diseases-vaccinations Canada's British Columbia Centre's 6 minute clips about immunisation. Two teenagers investigate why some of their familial ancestors did not survive childhood. Check out the team of teenage investigators with science on their side.
HPV short clip www.immunizebc.ca/diseases-vaccinations/hpv/access-hpv-video Canada's British Columbia Centre for Disease Control's four minute clip for secondary school students about HPV.
HPV and the cervical cancer vaccine www.cervicalcancervaccine.org.au All you need to know about HPV and the cervical cancer vaccine. Developed by Cancer Council Australia for schools, students and parents.
Immunisation facts and information available in many languages other than English www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation Information about vaccine preventable diseases, including each disease, vaccine types and side effects, school-based consent cards available in many different languages as well as a range of other useful immunisation related topics.

For more information contact:
Maternal and Child Health
Immunization Line - 9688 0145
BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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