Babies and Children

Babies and children need to be vaccinated on time so they can get the best possible protection against preventable diseases.

Babies and children can have their immunisation at:

  • a General Practitioner (GP). If you do not have a GP visit the Find a Health Service website.
  • Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics are for children up to their 6th birthday.
    You can book an appointment through Central Health Intake on 02 5124 9977 between 8am and 5pm on Monday to Friday and 8am and 3:30pm on Wednesday. This excludes public holidays.

The location and operating days of Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics can be found here: Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics

All children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian to receive their immunisation at an Early Childhood Immunisation Clinic. If another carer other than the parent or guardian is with the child for the immunisation appointment, a written consent by the parent or guardian and a phone call at time of the appointment will be required for the vaccination to proceed. Please don’t forget to bring your child’s Personal Health Record (blue book) with you as it contains a vaccination card to record all vaccinations your child receives.

For translated information about immunisation, find your language at Health Translations.

What does my child need and when?

Your child’s immunisations protect them against various diseases. Please see the table below for more information.

The Childhood Schedule from 1 July 2018

Birth     

2 Months
(can be given from 6 weeks of age)

4 Months

6 Months

12 Months

18 Months

4 years 

*Children with certain medical conditions aged 6 months and older may require additional immunisations. 

Free influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months to under 5 years

From April 2018 the ACT Government funded Childhood Influenza Vaccination Program offers free influenza vaccines to ACT children aged between 6 months and 5 years.

Influenza (known as flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It’s spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing.

Influenza can be fatal for young children, even if they are healthy. A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of your child getting sick and spreading it to others.

The free Influenza vaccine is available through your usual immunisation provider, including GPs and ACT Health Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics. Please consult your doctor as some charges may apply.

For more information please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. 

    Are my child's immunisations up to date?

    Immunisation records are sent directly to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (AIR).

    You can request a copy of your child’s AIR statement by using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare online account through myGov. Instructions for using the myGov site can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

    For information on your child’s immunisation history, please contact AIR on 1800 653 809 or visit their website.

    To have information and reminders on your child’s immunisation schedule at your fingertips try the iPhone or Android phone app “Save the Date to Vaccinate”.

    How do I care for my child after their immunisation?

    My child was immunised overseas, what do I do?

    Children who have been immunised overseas may require additional vaccines to meet the Australian Immunisation Program schedule. Please ensure your child is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

    Your GP may be able to transcribe your child’s overseas immunisation history and provide catch up immunisations if required. They can also advise you on immunisations your child requires to meet the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule.

    ACT Health provides this service for children under the age of 10. To request a transcription of your child’s immunisation records please complete the Request for Transcription of Immunisation Records online form or send the following information to the Health Protection Service if you would like us to do this for you.

    • full name (first, last)
    • date of birth (dd/mm/yy)
    • copy of immunisation history in English or translated—we are unable to translate this for you
    • Medicare care number (if you have one)
    • parent’s name
    • contact phone number
    • postal address

    Please send this information via email to immunisation@act.gov.au

    If you are unable to send via email, please fax your information to 02 5124 9307 or send a letter to:

    Public Health Nurse
    Immunisation Unit
    Locked Bag 5005
    Weston Creek ACT 2611

    Department of Social Services provides a Free Translating Service, to permanent residents and select temporary or provisional visa holders within the first two years of their eligible visa grant date. Eligible migrants can have up to ten eligible documents translated into English. Applications are made on the Free Translating Service website.

      Resources for concerned parents

      There are a series of five fact sheets addressing the five concerns most commonly expressed by Australian parents available from the Australian Government Department of Health Immunisation website

      Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) is an informative resource website for parents and health professionals.  

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      Page last updated on: 13 Nov 2019