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Immunisation in Knox

Knox City Council provides a convenient and free immunisation service held at community centres within our municipality.

COVID-19 update

Immunisations are considered an essential medical service. Travel to and from our service is allowed during lockdowns.

About our immunisation service

Knox City Council provides free immunisations based on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. We aim to protect the health and wellbeing of your child.

We operate during the day and evening at:

  • the Knox Civic Centre
  • the Knox Children and Family Centres in Bayswater and Wantirna South

Book an immunisation

We have an online booking system for all immunisations under the National Immunisation Program.

We always recommend that you make an appointment. If you walk in without an appointment, you will be offered the next available time which may be in a different session.

Book an immunisation

Because of ongoing homeschooling due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council also provides school vaccinations.

Book a school immunisation appointment

For a calendar of 2021 immunisation sessions, please refer to 2021 immunisation timetable

Before attending a vaccination session

Before you attend a Council vaccination session, please remember to:

  • Review the pre-immunisation checklist
  • Review the potential side effects list
  • Make sure all attendees:
    • are well and do not feel ill
    • do not have COVID-19 related symptoms
    • do not have a temperature of 37.5°C or higher

Please note: you do not have to take paracetamol before the standard vaccines provided by Council.

On the day of vaccination

  • Bring to the appointment:
    • Your child's green Health Record Book
    • Your Medicare card
    • All immunisation records

When should your child get vaccinated?

Please refer to the National Immunisation Program Schedule for details on which vaccines your child should take and when.

The below provides extra information on the key ages when your child will get vaccinations.

Age

Vaccination information

6 to 8 weeks old

Children usually receive their first vaccinations between 6 to 8 weeks old. You must complete the pink consent form for your child to be vaccinated.

The oral rotavirus vaccine

The rotavirus vaccine is one of the first vaccinations your child will receive. This is because very young children can have serious symptoms from the virus that can be fatal.

You can find more information on the oral rotavirus vaccine from the Better Health website.

From 4 months Your child should receive their second set of vaccines at 4 months old.

From 6 months

There must be at least 8 weeks gap between your baby’s 4 months and 6 months vaccines.

The flu vaccine is recommended from 6 months old.

From 12 months

Your child should receive their 12 months' vaccines from their first birthday.

The flu vaccine is recommended if your child has not had it this season.

The chickenpox vaccine is recommended for children at 12 months old. The fee for the chickenpox vaccine is $77 to be paid at the appointment.

From 18 months

Your child should receive their 18 months' vaccines at 18 months old. 

The flu vaccine is recommended if your child has not had it this season.

From 4 years old

Your child will receive their last childhood immunisations at 4 years old. Vaccinations from 12 years old are part of the secondary school immunisation program.

You can get your child's Immunisation History Certificate after their final childhood vaccinations.

Extra vaccinations

Extra vaccines are given to children with certain medical risk conditions. Talk to our Immunisation team if your child:

  • is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • is premature, born on or before 32 weeks
  • has low birth weight (under 2000g)
  • has chronic medical risk conditions

Questions on vaccinations? Check out Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation or talk to your healthcare professionals.

Immunisation sessions and coronavirus

Knox Council values the importance of families continuing their children's vaccinations. We want to ensure the community is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Council has processes in place so we can keep delivering immunisation services during the pandemic. To protect our staff and community, we ask that:

  • only one adult accompanies a child to the appointment
  • you arrive at the selected appointment time. We must follow specified density limits
  • you practice social distancing and good hand hygiene
  • you scan the venue QR code
  • attendees over 12 years wear a surgical face mask. Council will supply you with a mask.
  • you do not attend your appointment if you or your child:
    • is unwell
    • has a temperature of over 37.5C
    • experiences breathing difficulties, runny nose, cough, fatigue and/or loss of sense of smell or taste.

You can view more information on COVID-19 outbreak locations and restrictions.

Vaccination during pregnancy
  • Pregnant women can receive free whooping cough vaccine from 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Partners of pregnant women can receive free whooping cough vaccine from the 3rd trimester, if they have not received one in the last 10 years.
  • Pregnant women can receive free flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy.

You can find more information at:

Concerns about vaccinations

Please talk to your doctor or health care professional if you have any questions or concerns about immunisation.

You can also check out Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation. The website contains accessible information for parents on vaccinations.

Provide feedback on immunisation services

Please contact us if you have any feedback on Council immunisation services.

Need help?

Email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

Or call our Health Services team on 9298 8000.

 

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