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Knox City Council's Health Services Unit provides an immunisation service to all pre-school and school aged children together with a service to adults based on the National Recommended Immunisation Schedule. Please select the appropriate links below for more information.

Whilst we have endeavoured to provide as much information about immunisation as possible as well as links to a number of other sources we would also recommend that you contact your doctor or health care professional if you have any further questions or concerns about immunisation. You can also contact Knox Council's Health Services on 9298 8000 or email

New legislations affecting immunisations

No Jab No Play

From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria will be required to provide evidence that the child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

For more information regarding Victorian Government's No Jab No Play, please refer to the Better Health Channel website.

No Jab No Pay

From 1 January 2016, child care assistance and the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement will not be paid to families who fail to comply with immunisation requirements, or who do not have a valid exemption.

For more information about Federal government's No Jab No Pay, please refer to Department of Human Services website.

Government funded catch-up program

The currently funded catch-up program for all children under 10 years of age will continue until further notice.

Until 31 December 2017, there is a funded catch-up program for children up to 19 years of age, covering some overdue childhood and adolescent vaccinations.

If your child/children requires a catch-up schedule recommended by our immunisation team, please contact us on with the below information prior to attending our public immunisation session.

  • Child's full name
  • Child's date of birth
  • Medicare number (if available)
  • Copy of all immunisation history, such as child immunisation book or vaccination record from GP

Calculating a catch-up schedule may take up to two weeks. We are unable to carry out any catch-up vaccinations at busy public immunisation sessions without prior contact with our team.

Influenza vaccine strains

For 2016 the following strains of flu like virus will be included, in a single quadrivalent vaccination, to offer increased resistance to seasonal influenza:

  • A/California/07/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014(H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

Our supplies are unlikely to be available until early April.

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AVIC) selects influenza viruses for the composition of the annual influenza vaccines which has to be accepted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Venue change for Australia For Christ Fellowship

From January 2017, Knox City Council will not run immunisation sessions at Australia For Christ Fellowship. This immunisation session will now be held:

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
New Venue: St Jude's Community Centre, 49 George Street, Scoresby.

Download the 2017 Immunisation Timetable (PDF).

Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women

From 1 June 2015 the Department of Health & Human Services is providing free pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation. This provides two-for-one protection with the mother passing antibodies to the baby in utero.

In Victoria, the vaccine is free for following groups:

  • Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy.
  • Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant, if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last ten years.
  • Parents and guardians of babies born on or after 1 June 2015, if their baby is under six months of age and they have not received a Pertussis booster in the last ten years.

More information on this vaccine can be found on the Victorian Government, Department of Health and Human Services website

For More Information

If you have any questions about immunisations, visit the Department of Health Immunisations website, call our Health Services Unit on 9298 8000 or email

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