Council has reviewed its immunisation service, and has now implemented changes to the service. The main change is the cancellation of the monthly infant immunisation sessions in Daylesford and Creswick. Attendance numbers at these sessions have been declining over the last 3 years, and hence it was concluded that this was not an effective use of Council resources.   We acknowledge that the immunisation coverage rates for children in the Shire have historically been low, and have decided to alter the service with the aim of focusing on increasing the immunisation coverage rates.

The revised Immunisation Service will include activities such as:

  • Follow up of over-due children on the Australian immunisation Register
  • Creating an Immunisation Network in the Shire
  • Opportunities for vaccine hesitant parents to discuss their concerns
  • Increased promotion and provision of Immunisation information provided to the community

If you experience difficulty accessing an alternative free immunisation service please contact the Environmental Health Department on 5321 6446.

Parents are advised that School Entry Immunisation Status Certificates can be obtained by contacting the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Phone 1800 653 809 or online at

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register

 

Secondary School Immunisation

Council offers a free Secondary School Immunisation Program at the Daylesford Secondary College based on the National Immunisation Schedule.  The Program is run in conjunction with the Secondary School Schedule and there are two scheduled visits for the Calendar Year at the College.

Information packs containing consent card booklets are sent out to families of the Year 7 and Year 10 Students involved with the Immunisation Program.   Students must return the correctly completed and signed consent card to the Secondary School in order for the vaccines to be administered on the scheduled visit to the College.  For statistical purposes, all cards must be returned to the school even if the student is not receiving the vaccine.

The Department of Health has designed a new website specifically for Students / Teachers / Parents and the School Coordinators to help with the education of the immunisation program.   The website provides up to date resources that can be downloaded by all parties involved with the program.   For further information visit the Immune Hero Website.

http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/

The following schedule for Secondary Schools has been set for the coming year and beyond :

Year 7 Students
Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil)  –  3 Dose Schedule

Diphtheria / Tetanus / Pertussis (Boostrix) – 1 Dose Schedule

Year 10 Students

Meningococcal ACWY – (Menactra) – 1 Dose Schedule

 

External Links

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/immunisation-schedule-vaccine-eligibility-criteria/immunisation-schedule-victoria

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/dhs/medicare

http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/