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Vaccination against diseases not only protects individuals, but also others in the community. In Australia, the prevelance of deaths from tetanus, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b and measles is very rare. This is due to the high infant and school age vaccination rates.

Infant Immunisation Program

The links below provide information about the vaccines that are currently provided free of charge under the National Immunisation Program.

Council provides its infant immunisation program through the Maternal and Child Health Service during your child’s 10 Key, Age and Stage consultations.

There are two vaccinations outside of the scheduled infant KAS consultations;

- 6 month old; and
- 4 year old.

Council coordinates monthly immunisation sessions (free of charge) at 94 Julia Street (Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara – Portland Child and Family Complex) for children within these age groups.

If you are unable to attend one of these session, please visit your local GP.

To book an appointment for your child's immunisation contact Children’s Services Administration on 03 5522 2211

School Entry Immunisation Certificates

Children enrolling into primary school in Victoria require a school entry immunisation certificate. After your child has completed the 4 year old vaccine schedule and the records have been sent to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) then the child will automatically receive a History statement.

This can be used as the school entry immunisation certificate for enrolment into primary school.

If you have not received a history statement, contact ACIR on phone 1800 653 809 or click here to request a history statement online.

Secondary School Program

Secondary School Immunisation sessions are currently being arranged for 2018. The vaccines that are currently provided to secondary school students free of charge under the National Immunisation Program are;

Year 7 Secondary school (or age equivalent, 12-13 years of age)

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) - 2 dose course
  • Diphtheria- tetanus- pertussis - single dose

Year 10 Secondary School (or age equivalent)

  • Meningococcal ACWY - single dose

Secondary school immunisation sessions are held at each school within the Glenelg Shire Council

If your child has been absent from school during one of the immunisation sessions please contact your local GP to arrange a catch up vaccination.

When receiving immunisations from another provider (for example a local GP), please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 03 5522 2229 to ensure our records are current and up to date. This will allow your child to continue to participate in the program.

What do I need to do if my child / young person is missing their immunisation histories?

Children / young person’s, who have immunisation records that are incomplete and / or missing you need to download and complete the ‘Immunisation History Request Form’.

You can email to or send it to Immunisation Services P.O. Box 152 Portland Vic 3305.

For further information visit ‘My Vaccination’ Website

The website provides all Australians with simple, easy to understand information about vaccine-preventable diseases at the time of life when it is most relevant to them.

The site, developed by vaccines manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is based on the Australian National Immunisation Handbook, the US Centre's for Disease Control and Prevention website and is aligned to Australia's National Immunisation Program.

Further enhancements are available including an iPhone, Ipad and iPod app for travellers, Fit2Travel, and an SMS reminder facility to help parents remember when their child's next immunisation visit is due.

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