Immunisation is a free service provided by the City of Greater Dandenong to protect the health and wellbeing of your children. Immunisation not only protects your child from serious diseases, but also other children in the community.
How to get your child immunised
Council runs a number of public immunisation sessions every month at a range of local community centres.
Dates, times and venues for public immunisation sessions
Types of vaccinations
There are many diseases and infections that the City of Greater Dandenong immunisation service protects your child against for free as part of the National Immunisation Program.
Immunisation advice and 'catch up' service
Every Monday from 9.30am-10.30am, Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.
This service is for newly arrived families (migrants and refugees) to present their child’s vaccination records to be assessed, and then a vaccination 'catch-up' schedule will be determined by a registered nurse.
All newly arrived families who have had any vaccinations overseas must attend this specific Monday morning service, as this 'catch-up' advice cannot be provided at a general immunisation session.
Please bring all documentation related to your child’s previous vaccinations (this must be in English), as well as your Medicare card and child health record (if available).
This service also caters for parents who have concerns about any vaccination issues.
Immunisation records for kindergarten or school entry
An immunisation status certificate will be requested by kindergartens and primary schools on enrolment. The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) routinely send out an updated immunisation certificate to parents of all four year olds after they have received their 4 year old vaccinations.
If you haven’t received an updated certificate you may obtain one (if your child is still under 7), by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809 and request that a certificate be sent out to you, or visit a Medicare office.
If your child is new to the country, please contact Council for assistance.
Secondary school immunisation program
There are several vaccinations recommended for secondary school students according to the National Immunisation Program, and these are given at school, by council’s qualified nurse immunisers.
Your child's school will send home consent cards at the beginning of the year, which need to be filled in and returned back to the school as soon as possible.
If your child misses a dose at school, you can bring them along to any of the monthly Council immunisation sessions. No appointment is needed.
The City of Greater Dandenong holds some records for infant and school vaccinations given by their immunisations service, but does not have records of immunisations given by doctors or other councils.
More information on immunisation histories