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.

Waiting times

No bookings are required, however, you may be asked to wait for a period after being given some vaccinations. Some clients may experience minor side effects following immunisation.

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.

Immunisation dates

Please see Indigo immunisation dates 2018.