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Immunisation Timetable

Book online for 2018 immunisation sessions

Knox City Council is moving to an online booking system for all immunisations starting in 2018.

For a calendar of 2018 immunisation sessions, please refer to 2018 Immunisation Timetable (PDF).

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The National Immunisation Program Schedule

The National Immunisation Program provides a recommendation on the vaccinations to be delivered at certain ages. You can visit the Department of Health website to see what vaccinations you or your child should receive.

Mother and baby at an immunisation session

As of 2018, Knox City Council's Immunisation Service will operate on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, offering times during the day and evening at a number of venues throughout the Knox area. Appointments through our online booking system will be required.

Please bring your child's Medicare card and "Child Health Record Book" to the session.

What to consider before immunisation

As a general rule your child should be ok to receive their immunisations unless they have a temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius or higher. If a child has a runny nose, cough, slight cold or has recently completed a course of antibiotics, they should still be ok to receive their immunisations.

As a parent, you are the best person to gauge your child's behaviour and we would always recommend that if you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor of health care professional before immunisation. Our immunisation nurses are more than happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have and are equipt to check your child's temperature at a session before your child is immunised.

Do not be embarrased to ask questions, even if you feel they may be trivial. It is important that you feel positive about your child being immunised.

Children should generally not be given their immunisations more than a week earlier than the National Immunisation Schedule indicates, however if you are travelling overseas or are unable to bring your child at the prescribed time please contact Knox Council's Health Services on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au first to make sure it's ok for them to receive their immunisations early.

Pregnant women should always check with their doctor or Immunisation nurse prior to receiving any vaccine, particularly live vaccines such as chicken pox or MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).

Download the pre-immunisation checklist and a comparison chart listing the effects and diseases and vaccines.

On the day of immunisation

  • Bookings are required to book through our online appointment system.
  • Make sure the person being immunised is well and does not have a temperature of 38.5°C or higher.
  • Please make sure to bring your child’s health record book and Medicare card to the session.

After your immunisation

  • It is important to remain at the venue for at least 15 minutes after immunisation for observation. Reactions to vaccines, particularly severe usually occur within this time.
  • For the information on possible side effects to vaccines please refer to "Vaccine Side Effects" which is given to you at the session or download a copy of this from the Department of Health website.
  • If a reaction persists for longer than the period specified on the reaction sheet you should notify your doctor or contact your nearest hospital.
  • Severe reactions should be reported immediately to a doctor or hospital.
  • You should also contact the Immunising Council to report any severe reaction, which will then be referred to SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community).
  • Some vaccines require more than 1 dose. You should check with Council for the prescribed periods between doses. After receiving your first dose of any vaccine you should request a return date for any further doses required.

Chickenpox

If you suspect that your child has the chickenpox illness, it is important that you visit your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor should then notify the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) so that your child's immunisation history can be updated.

For more information about immunisations

For more information about immunisation including fact sheets in a number of languages to visit the Department of Health Immunisation website.

An information booklet 'Myths and Realities: responding to arguments against immunisation (5th edition)' which responds to some common questions and concerns about immunisation can be downloaded below.

You can also contact Knox Council's Health Services Unit on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au

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