Immunisation

Infant Immunisation Program

Council offers a free, comprehensive immunisation service to the public for infants and children in accordance with the National Immunisation Program - Tasmania. These are conducted on the third Friday of every month between 10:00am - 11:00am at the Kingston Community Health Centre, 29 John Street, Kingston (behind Kingston Plaza). No appointment is necessary.

Vaccines Offered:

  • Infanrix Hexa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hep B & Hib) - 2, 4 and 6 months of age
  • Infanrix IPV (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio) - 3 1/2 - 4 years of age
  • Menitorix (Meningococcol C/Haemphilus influenzae type b) - 12 months of age
  • Priorix /MMRII (Measles Mumps and Rubella) - 12 months of age and 4 years of age
  • Priorix Tetra (Measles, Mumps, Rubella /Varicella) - 18 months of age
  • Infanrix/Tripacel (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (DTPa) - 18 months of age
  • Prevenar 13 (Pneumococcal) - 2,4, and 6 months of age
  • Rotarix (Rotavirus) - 2 and 4 months of age

Further information can be obtained by phoning Council on (03 ) 6211 8200 or  visiting the  DHHS Immunisation Website http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/immunisation

Immunisations are held at the Kingston Community Health Centre, 29 John Street, Kingston (behind Kingston Plaza).

Immunisation Dates 2017:

  • 20 January 2017
  • 17 February 2017
  • 17 March 2017
  • 21 April 2017
  • 19 May 2017
  • 16 June 2017
  • 21 July 2017
  • 18 August 2017
  • 15 September 2017
  • 20 October 2017
  • 17 November 2017
  • 15 December 2017

What is immunisation?

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children, as well as adults, from a number of serious diseases.

Immunisation uses the body's natural defense mechanism - the immune response - to build resistance to these infections.

Twelve diseases can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation:  diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio), measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, meningococcal C, pneumococcal pneumonia and varicella (chickenpox). All of these diseases can cause serious illness and sometimes death.

Is everyone protected from disease by immunisation?

Immunisation gives a good level of protection against disease, but unfortunately there can be no guarantee of 100% protection. A small number of people will not develop protection even though they have been immunised. A small number of people may only develop partial protection, but if they do catch the disease they have been immunised against, it is less severe.

Why should I have my child immunised?

There are three reasons for immunising Australian children:

  1. Immunisation is a highly effective way of giving protection against disease. After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch a disease if there are outbreaks in the community.
  2. If enough people in the community are immunised, an infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world, and how polio has been eliminated from many countries.
  3. Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness and death do still occur from diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.

What are the common side effects of immunisation?

Common side effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injection, and low-grade fever. These reactions can be treated by giving your child paracetamol and by keeping your child cool with light clothing and plenty to drink.

Serious side effects are extremely rare, and usually happen very soon after immunisation. This is why we ask those being immunised to stay in the waiting area after immunisation for at least 15 minutes. If worrying or persistent reactions develop later, medical help should be obtained.

Having a serious side effect after an immunisation is extremely rare: the risk of developing a dangerous or even deadly disease is far greater. These two issues have to be weighed up when deciding whether to go ahead and have yourself or your child immunised.

Can all children be immunised?

Most children can have the full range of immunisations with safety. A very small number of children should not have immunisations, or should delay having immunisations, because they have certain medical conditions. This should be discussed with your family doctor or your paediatrician.

Where should immunisations be recorded?

Every time a child is immunised, this information should be recorded in the Personal Health Record (Blue Book) which is given to parents after a baby is born. It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to help in checking which children are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school. The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.

Details of the immunisations are also sent to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which is a national database for recording details of immunisations given to people from 0 to 21 years old who live in Australia. Anyone can inquire about their immunisation status (including parents on behalf of their children) by telephoning the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call).

How do I request an immunisation history?

The Kingborough Council holds records for immunisations given by the Council through our public and school immunisation programs. If you or your child attended a school within the Kingborough municipality and received immunisations at school, or at a Kingborough Council run clinic, the Council should hold a record of this. However, if you or your child attended a school outside of the Kingborough municipality then contact should be made with the Council in that municipal area.

Please use the Online Immunisation Request Form to request this information. Alternatively, you can email kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au with 'Immunisation Certificate' as the subject and below information in the body of the email:

  • Full name of the person the request is for
  • Relationship to the child (if request is for a child)
  • Schools attended in the Kingborough municipality
  • Date of Birth
  • Current address
  • Contact telephone number

The certificate(s) can then be emailed or posted to you

*NOTE: We only hold records for immunisations given through the Kingborough Council run programs in the Kingborough municipality.

2017 School Immunisation Program

The Kingborough Council offers to visit each high school within the Kingborough municipality and the following immunisations will be available in accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTPa): (1 dose) for Grade 7 Students
  • HPV (Gardisil) Vaccine: (3 doses over 6 months) for Grade 7 students only

Consent forms will be delivered to the high schools in preparation for the program on 7 February 2017. Parents wishing for their child to participate must fill out and return consent form/s to the school by 14 February 2017. Late forms will not be accepted.

School Immunisation Dates 2017

 

Round

Vaccination Type

2017 Dates

One

dTpa + HPV Gardasil

7-21 March

Two

HPV Gardasil

May (exact dates TBA)

Three

HPV Gardasil

September (TBA)

Further Information

Further information on our monthly immunisation clinics and school immunisation programs can be obtained by telephoning the Council's Administration and Immunisation Officer or an Environmental Health Officer on (03) 6211 8255.

More detailed information about the national school-based HPV Vaccination Program can be found on the HPV Vaccination Program website.

Further information on all aspects of immunisation for children and adults can be found on the National Immunisation website:    http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/.

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