Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting you and your family from harmful diseases and building up a level of immunity against these diseases in the community.
Council's Health and Local Laws Team provides an immunisation program for babies, children and adults each month.
For updated vaccine information and fact sheets in other languages, please refer to the following Immunisation website.
Immunisation Dates and Venues
Download the Manningham Immunisation calendar for a list of public sessions:
Free Chickenpox Booster
For a limited time (due to oversupply) a free chickenpox booster is being offered to children aged 12 months to 14 years. Currently, one dose is funded at 18 months of age (this is given with measles mumps and rubella) however, it is strongly recommended that all children have two doses of the Chickenpox vaccine.
Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 and 12
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is only available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 (or young people aged 15 to 19 years) until the end of 2017. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.
Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.
Students that have already had the meningococcal C vaccine are advised to still have the meningococcal W vaccine as it will also protect them against the A, W and Y strains of meningococcal.
To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au or immunehero.health.vic.gov.au or contact the Immunisation Officer on 9840 9256.
Immunisation Assessment & Catch-up Advice
For children behind with their vaccinations or vaccinated overseas
If a child has missed the last due vaccine, their doctor or immunisation nurse needs to give the overdue vaccine.
If a child missed all or several vaccines or was vaccinated overseas, their doctor or immunisation nurse needs to assess & develop an approved vaccination catch-up schedule.
This is an additional service requiring specialist staff to work additional hours. Council charges an administrative fee of $25 per child. This must be paid before Council can process your request.
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If your child has been vaccinated overseas you will need to provide a copy of their vaccination records to Council prior to attending a public immunisation session. You will need to obtain a formal translation if the records are not in English. Please contact AMES on 9890 0425 if you require a translation.
Unfortunately, we cannot assess or provide catch-up advice at public immunisation sessions due to time constraints and client waiting times.
To obtain a catch-up schedule, you can bring your child's vaccination records (usually a child health book) to the Council offices located in Doncaster or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a scanned copy of your child's vaccination records and include the following information:
Name of parent
Name of child
Date of birth
Medicare (incl reference number)
You can also post a copy to Health and Local Laws, Manningham City Council, PO Box 1, Doncaster 3108
If you require further information or wish to speak with an immunisation nurse you can make an appointment by contacting 9840 9256.
Influenza vaccine - April 2017
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious virus which spreads from person to person. Vaccination is the single most effective action in preventing influenza and stopping it’s spread in the community and protecting those most vulnerable.
As the influenza virus is constantly changing, a new flu vaccine is developed every year to best match the strains that are expected to cause illness that year. This year the Quadrivalent (four strain) vaccine is available. Protection develops about two weeks after having the vaccine and lasts throughout the winter season.
The cost of the vaccine is $25 per dose. You should book by contacting 9840 9256 to ensure the vaccine will be available at a Council session.
Vaccination experts recommend the flu vaccine for everyone from six months of age, however the vaccine is only free under the National Immunisation Program for people at high risk of complications, including:
- pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people aged 65 years and over
- people with certain medical conditions.
Details of common side effects and eligibility for the free vaccine can be found on the Better Health Channel.
Immunisation Certificates for School Entry
Parents enrolling their children in primary school are required by law to provide the school with an immunisation status certificate.
If your child has received all scheduled vaccinations including the four years of age vaccinations, the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will automatically send you a completed immunisation certificate. If your child has had all scheduled vaccinations and you have not received this certificate please call AIR on 1800 653 809.
If your child's immunisations were gi
ion certificates, please call Council on 9840 9256 or use our online service request form.
No Jab No Play
Under the new 'No Jab, No Play' legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services will have to first obtain 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.
'Conscientious objection' is not an exemption under the 'No Jab No Play' legislation.
Please refer to the Department of Health website for more information.
Immunisation Requirements for Family Payments
From 1 January 2016, immunisation requirements for family payments, including Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement changed.
These changes also affect customers who receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit or Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.
To receive a family payment for a child under 20 years of age, you need to make sure their immunisations are up to date.
For further information please visit the Department of Human Services website.
When Should Children Be Immunised?
The current immunisation schedule recommends vaccinations take place at the following age milestones:
|Age / school year||Disease|
|Birth (In Hospital)|
|6 Weeks to 8 Weeks|
(minimum 24 weeks of age and 8 weeks since last vaccination)
(on or after 1st birthday)
|Years 10, 11 & 12 (or young people aged 15 to 19 years)|
|From 65 Years|
|From 70 Years|
A number of 'user pays' vaccines are also available: Please see your local GP for travel vaccine information.
- Hepatitis B (3 dose course)
- Hepatitis A (2 dose course)
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (3 dose course)
- Flu (seasonal)
- Meningococcal C
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis