Immunisation

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About the service 

Free immunisation is available at Indigo Shire Council's Maternal and Child Health Centres including 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.

Age requirements

The minimum age for your 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.

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.

Flu Vaccine

Wodonga Council’s Immunisation Unit still has a number of 2020 flu vaccines available for purchase, please call 1800 655 360 to book an appointment at any Council run immunisation session. The cost of the vaccine is $18.00 per dose for anyone who does not fit into the categories listed below.

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.

Waiting times

Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place, all Indigo Shire immunisation services will now be by appointment only. Please call 1800 655 360.

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

School immunisation

Students at Victorian are offered:

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.