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National Immunisation Program Schedule
We provide free vaccinations for children as part of the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
|6 months to 5 years – all infants and children
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants
As well as the vaccines listed above, the Bexsero vaccine for Meningococcal B is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months.
What happens at the immunisation session
The immunisation session usually takes about 30 minutes. You'll be guided through the process and have the opportunity to talk through any concerns you may have.
You'll also be asked to stay 15 minutes after your child is vaccinated for observation. In rare cases, side effects can happen soon after vaccination, such as:
- low-grade fever
- some pain and swelling around the injection site.
These side effects can last from one to 2 days, but don't usually need any treatment.
Very rarely a side effect that requires medical attention might happen after a vaccination. This will usually happen within 15 minutes of being vaccinated.
Your child's immunisation details will be registered with the Australian Immunisation Register. This means that your child's immunisation details are kept up to date and accessible.
My Health Record is also a convenient way for you to stay on top of your child's immunisation and vaccination information.
It's a secure online summary of your child's health information, which you can choose to share with your healthcare providers.
No Jab, No Play
The Victorian Government's 'No Jab, No Play' legislation came into effect in January 2016. This legislation aims to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases through increased immunisation rates in the community.
All parents and guardians wanting to enrol their child in an early childhood service in Victoria (including kindergarten) must provide evidence that their child is either:
- up to date with vaccinations for their age
- on a vaccination catch-up schedule
- has a medical condition that prevents them from being fully vaccinated.
Conscientious objection is not an exemption under the law.
Only parents of children who are fully vaccinated or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the:
- Child Care Benefit
- Child Care Rebate
- Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement.
For more information, visit our Missing records, overseas immunisations and catch-up schedules page.
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Make a booking
Bookings are required for all immunisation sessions. Visit our Immunisation page to make a booking.