You can get an influenza vaccine at our community immunisation sessions.
Cost is $26.50.
The following people are eligible for a free influenza vaccine, as they are more at risk of complications from the flu:
People aged 6 months or over who have the following medical conditions can also have a free vaccine:
Your immunisation records
Immunisation records may be accessed through your MyGov account. Council has an immunisation program for infants, children and adults, including secondary school children through our school immunisation program. All eligible children can receive vaccinations on the Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule free of charge through our immunisation sessions. For more information, see our Immunisation brochure 2023.
We are committed to providing a professional immunisation service in a comfortable, safe and friendly environment.
Visits are now by appointment only.
Please note we have a new online booking system, to make a booking please click here.
You will need to create an account, then select East Gippsland Shire Council as the provider.
All children from 6 months to 5 years of age will be offered free influenza vaccination when presenting for regular scheduled vaccinations.
We ask that you stay for 15 minutes after any immunisation. Our professional nurses are happy to answer any of your questions on the day.
School-based immunisations has long been the traditional means of ensuring high levels of coverage against vaccine preventable diseases are achieved in secondary school-aged children. Council offers immunisations at all secondary schools throughout our municipality.
Students requiring school vaccinations may visit any of our immunisation sessions by appointment. To make an appointment, see our community sessions above.
The influenza vaccination is funded and recommended for all children from 6 months to 5 years of age.
2 months and 4 months
First visit - 6 weeks to 2 months (no earlier than 42 days old)
Second visit - 4 months
Third visit – 6 months (no earlier than 24 weeks old)
Meningococcal B (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander)
Our Immunisation Program does not provide Q-Fever vaccines. A list of local providers can be found on the Australian Q Fever Register.
Council does not administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
To learn about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 visit the Department of Health's COVID vaccination page.
Do you have questions about immunisation?
Visit the Talking About Immunisation website.
Q- What is immunisation?
A – Immunisation protects children (and adults) against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immunise response – to build resistance to specific infections. Immunisation helps children to stay healthy by preventing serious infections. The risks of the diseases are far greater than the very small risks of immunisation.
Q – Why is immunisation still necessary in this day and age?
A – Many diseases prevented by immunisation are spread directly from person to person, so good food, water and hygiene do not stop infection. Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness, disability and death can still be caused by diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.
Q – Are there any reasons to delay immunisation?
A – There are very few medical reasons to delay immunisation. If a child is sick with a high temperature (over 38.5 degrees celcius) then immunisation should be postponed until the child is recovering. A child who has a runny nose, but is not ill can be immunised, as a child who is on antibiotics and obviously recovering from an illness.
Q – What are the side-effects of immunisation?
A – Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of an injection and mild fever. You may consider using paracetamol to help ease the fever and soreness. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare.
Q – Do vaccines work for all children?
A – Even when someone has had all the doses of a vaccine, there is a small possibility that they might not be protected against the disease – but measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and Hib vaccines protect more than 95% of children who have completed the course.
Q – What about natural immunity?
A – Natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are both natural responses of the body’s immune system. The body’s immune response in both circumstances is the same. However, the wild or natural form of a disease exposes people to a high risk of serious illness and occasionally death.
Q – Can immunisation overload the immune system?
A – No. Children and adults come into contact with many antigens (substances that provoke a reaction from the immunise system) each day, and the immune system responds to each antigen in specific ways to protect the body. Without a vaccine, a child can only become immune to a disease by being exposed to infection, with the risk of severe illness. If illness occurs after vaccination, it is usually insignificant.