National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS)

Woman with a young girl talking to a Maternal Child Health Nurse

1. About the service 

Free immunisation is available in the Indigo Shire Council towns of Rutherglen, Beechworth, Chiltern, Yackandandah and Tangambalanga. Immunisation is an effective way of protecting our community against harmful diseases.

The service is carried out by staff from Wodonga Council’s mobile immunisation service. 

The service provides free immunisation to all members of the public, across all age groups, for vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS).

Certain vaccines may not be available free of charge for all groups and may be purchased from Wodonga Council. 

2. Age requirements

The minimum age for a baby's first vaccinations is strictly six weeks old (42 days).

Please ensure your child has reached the correct age milestone before presenting for immunisation. For example, six weeks, four months, six months, 12 months, 18 months and four years.

Babies must be given the first dose of rotavirus vaccine before the age of 14 weeks and six days. If babies have not had the first dose by 14 weeks and six days they cannot commence the rotavirus vaccination program. The two-dose schedule of rotavirus vaccine must be completed by 24 weeks and six days of age.

If the individual to be vaccinated is less than 18 years, signed consent must be given by a parent or legal guardian.

3. What to bring

Parents are asked to bring their child’s health record book so that vaccinations given may be recorded. All vaccinations given are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Please also bring your Medicare card.

4. Flu Vaccine

The following groups are entitled to receive the flu vaccine free of charge under the National Immunisation program Schedule:

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥6 months
  • All persons aged ≥65 years
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • Children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.
  • All persons aged older than 6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications such as:
    • Cardiac disease
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Chronic neurological conditions
    • Immunocompromising conditions
    • Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • Renal disease
    • Haematological disorders

Please note: Children under nine years receiving their influenza vaccination for the first time require two doses of the flu vaccine, spaced a minimum of one month apart.

Payments may be made online at the time of booking an appointment. EFTPOS facilities are also available at the Immunisation session. Please refer to the schedule of our immunisation session dates tab.

5. How to book an appointment

All Indigo Shire immunistion services are by appointment only.

To book an appointment for a scheduled immunisation session, please go to the following website and select “book a community immunisation appointment.”

Clients must wait at the immunisation venue for a period of 15 minutes after any vaccine has been administered.

6. School immunisation

The following school based vaccinations are funded on the National Immunisation Program Schedule for Year 7 and Year 10 students and should be completed by the end of Year 8/11 respectively. 





Year 7

Human papillomavirus (HPV9) vaccine

2 doses – min 6 months apart

Year 7

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Boostrix) vaccine

Single dose only

Year 10

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine

Single dose only


Year seven students:

  • Gardasil®9 – Human Papillomavirus (two dose course)
  • Boostrix – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Year 10 (VIC), Year 10 and 11 (NSW) students:

  • Meningoccal ACWY.

Schools within Indigo Shire are visited by Wodonga Council’s mobile immunisation service.

Consent cards are sent home to parents via the school in February. Students must return a correctly completed consent card in order to be vaccinated at school. For statistical purposes in Victoria, all cards must be returned to the school even if the student is not receiving the vaccine. Parents are asked to contact Wodonga Council’s Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 if their child has not received an information package and consent card.

Any student who missed out on receiving a vaccine via the school vaccination program is invited to phone Wodonga Council’s Immunisation Team on 1800 655 360 for further information on how to receive missed vaccinations. Age equivalent students who do not attend mainstream secondary school may contact us to receive these vaccines free of charge.

7. Immunisation dates