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Immunisation

Immunisation/vaccination is a free service provided by the City of Greater Dandenong to protect the health and wellbeing of your children. Vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program not only protects your child from serious diseases, but also other children in the community. 

Council runs a number of public immunisation sessions every month at a range of local community centres. 

If your child has had vaccines overseas, see below for ‘Immunisation advice and catch up service before making a booking.

Make a Booking

You will need to make a booking to attend an immunisation session.

Immunisation bookings can be made via a secure Victorian Department of Health site. You will be asked to create an account the first time you use the new site and will need an email account.

Download instructions to book through Central Immunisation Records Victoria (CIRV) - 557KB

Book a Community Immunisation Session

Vaccination venues are listed at the bottom of this page.

Cancel or Change a Booking

Cancel or change a booking

Immunisation advice and 'catch up' service

If your child has had vaccines overseas, please contact Council for immunisation advice and 'catch up' service on 8571 1000.

This service is for newly arrived families (migrants and refugees) to provide their child’s vaccination records to be assessed, and then a vaccination 'catch-up' schedule will be determined by a registered nurse.

All newly arrived families who have had any vaccinations overseas must first contact Council for 'catch-up' advice before booking into a session.

All documentation related to your child’s previous vaccinations (this must be in English), as well as your Medicare card and child health record (if available) will need to be provided to Council either electronically or via Council Customer Service

This service also caters for parents who have concerns about any vaccination issues.

Secondary school Immunisation program

There are several vaccinations recommended for secondary school students according to the National Immunisation Program, and these are given at school, by council’s qualified nurse immunisers.

Your child's school will will provide information about the vaccine/s and how to access and complete a consent form at the beginning of the year.

If your child misses a dose at school, please contact the immunisation team for more information on how we can get them vaccinated. Vaccinations at Council sessions are now by appointment only.

Immunisation History Certificates

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What to bring to an immunisation session

  • Baby record book (if you have one)
  • All immunisation records (including overseas records)
  • Medicare card 

Types of vaccinations

There are many diseases and infections that the City of Greater Dandenong immunisation service protects your child against for free as part of the National Immunisation Program.

To find out what vaccines are provided for free on the National Immunisation Program view the Immunisation Schedule Victoria 

Free influenza vaccinations for children under 5 years of ages

The influenza vaccine for children from six months to less than five years of age is free in Victoria since 2018. Two doses spaced at least one month apart are required in the first year of receiving influenza vaccination for this age group.

Council’s immunisation team are offering this to children at the regular community immunisation sessions for children living in City of Greater Dandenong.

Reactions to Immunisation

It is recommended that you wait at the immunisation session for 15 minutes after vaccination in case a rare serious reaction should occur.

Most side effects after vaccination are mild and temporary but if you have concerns following vaccination:

  • call 000 if it is an emergency
  • if after hours, contact either your doctor, hospital or the Nurse-On-Call Service on 1300 60 60 24
  • call Council’s immunisation department (Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5pm) on 8571 1000.

Serious or unexpected reactions following vaccination should also be reported to SAEFVIC on 1300 882 924.
 

Record of Immunisation / Immunisation History

After attending an immunisation session you will be given a record/certificate of the immunisation. If you have a baby record book, the immunisation will be recorded in the book. Please ensure these records are kept in a safe place. 

Immunisation History

The City of Greater Dandenong holds records for infant and school vaccinations given by our immunisations service, but does not have records of immunisations given by doctors or other councils.

Immunisations histories for children vaccinated in Australia, at less than 7 years old, from 1996 onwards, are available from Medicare or the Australian Immunisation Register. Phone 1800 653 809 for this information.

Council does not keep immunisation records indefinitely. If you were born before 1992, Council will no longer have your records.

If you would like a copy of your Immunisation History from City of Greater Dandenong, a fee of $26.91 (Non-refundable) is payable when this form is lodged.

Please download the immunisation history request form and return to Council in person, by post or email. 

Immunisation History Request form - 241KB

For more information or if you are unable to download this form, please contact Council on 8571 1000.

Visit the State Government's Better Health Channel for more information on how to find your immunisation history.

Immunisation History Statement for entry into Kindergarten or Childcare

Immunisation records for kindergarten or school entry

An immunisation status certificate will be requested by kindergartens and primary schools on enrolment. The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) routinely send out an updated immunisation certificate to parents of all four year olds after they have received their 4 year old vaccinations.

If you haven’t received an updated certificate you may obtain one  (if your child is still under 7), by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809 and request that a certificate be sent out to you, or visit a Medicare office.

If your child is new to the country, please contact Council for assistance.

How to get an Immunisation History Statement

  • Print a copy of your child’s Immunisation History Statement via their individual myGov account.
  • Request a copy by contacting the Australian Immunisation Register(AIR) on 1800 653 809.
  • Request a copy by visiting a Medicare or Centrelink office.
  • If you do not have a Medicare card you must phone the AIR on 1800 653 809 to request an Immunisation History Statement which will be sent to you by Australia Post.