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Immunisation

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases that can cause serious complications and sometimes death. By reducing the spread of disease, immunisation not only protects individuals, but also the community

FREE Community Immunisation Clinics

Ipswich City Council conducts weekly immunisation clinics. These clinics are FREE. There is no need to make an appointment. Please bring your Medicare card and your child's immunisation record book.  If you don't have a book, we can write out a card for you - however, it is preferable that all records be kept in a single location to ensure a complete history is shown.

Please be advised as of 30 June 2017,  Ipswich City Council’s immunisation team will no longer have clinics at YMCA Springfield Lakes and Terry White Chemist, Winston Glades.

Last clinic YMCA – 22 June 2017 and Last clinic Terry White Chemist 20 June 2017.

The Ipswich Central library clinic time has been adjusted as from 1 July 2017 now commencing at 3.45pm.

Schedule 2017 / 2018

Location

Times

Dates for 2017 / 2018

Bell Street Health Plaza

Tuesday:

8.30 am - 10.00 am

2017

June 6,20

July 4,18

August 1,15

September 5,19

October 3,17

November 7,21

December 5

2018

January 16

February 6,20

Priceline Riverlink - NEW CLINIC

Tuesday:

11.00 am - 12.00 pm

2017

July 4,18

August 1,15

September 5,19

October 3,17

November 7,21

December 5

2018

January 16

February 6,20

Goodna Community Health

Tuesday:

9.00 am - 11.00 am

2017

June 13,27

July 11,25

August 8,22

September 12,26

October 10,24

November 4,28

December 12

2018

January 23

February 13,27

Winston Glades:

Terry White Chemist

Note: Please be advised as of 30 June 2017,  Ipswich City Council’s immunisation team will no longer have clinics at Terry White Chemist, Winston Glades.

Tuesday:

11.00 am - 12.00 pm

2017

June 6,20

Springfield Lakes:

YMCA Community Centre

Note: Please be advised as of 30 June 2017,  Ipswich City Council’s immunisation team will no longer have clinics at YMCA Springfield Lakes.

Thursday:

9.00 am - 11.00 am

2017

June 22

Ipswich Library

Ipswich Global Information Centre

(Level One)

Thursday evenings:

3.45 pm - 6.00 pm*

*Note: time change from July 2017

2017

June 15,29 (3.30 pm - 5.45 pm)

July 13,27

August 10,24

September 14,28

October 12,26

November 16,30

December 14

2018

January 25

February 15

Redbank Library Branch

Redbank Plaza

1 Collingwood Drive, Redbank

Thursday evenings:

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Before Storytime

2017

June 1

July 6

August 3

September 7

October 5

November 2

December 7

2018

January - closed

February 1

No appointment is necessary and all vaccines in the program are provided free as per the National Immunisation Program. Medicare card and child/person's immunisation records (baby health record book) are requested at the time of vaccination.

Queensland Health concurrently conducts child health and immunisation clinics at the following locations only:

  • Ipswich Health Plaza
  • Goodna Community Health
  • Springfield Lakes - YMCA Community Centre.

Catch up immunisations will be offered to school students at council immunisation community clinics.

Consent Forms for Community Clinics

An Immunisation Consent Form and Pre-vaccination Checklist must be completed and presented at the clinic. This form must be completed and signed by the child's parent or legal guardian before any vaccinations can be provided.

Immunisation Consent Form and Pre-vaccination Checklist (PDF, 536.4 KB)
Comparision of Disease and Effects (PDF, 826.0 KB)

National Immunisation Program Schedule

The Government updates a schedule which outlines what immunisations are required at different ages. To view this schedule please use the following link:

National Immunisation Program Schedule

NOTE: Due to the increase of whooping cough in the community, it is recommended that infants receive their vaccinations at six weeks of age instead of the eight weeks as indicated in the National Immunisation Program.

No Jab, No Pay – free catch-up vaccines are provided only for young persons less than 20 years of age whose families are currently receiving family assistance payments (Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement). This is a time limited program and will cease in December 2017. Please refer to the Department of Human Services website for further information.

For general information about immunisations, please refer to the Australian Government website for the Immunise Australia Program.

Adult Immunisation Programs

Ipswich City Council also provides the following vaccinations to eligible adults at their community immunisation clinics:

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Any person born after 1/1/1966 is eligible for a free dose of the MMR vaccine. A person requires two doses of the vaccine to offer maximum protection against these diseases.

Pneumococcal

This vaccine is provided free for any persons:

  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Indigenous adults aged 15 years and older

Influenza

During the flu season (winter months), this vaccination is provided free for any person each year who is:

  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Indigenous adults aged 15 years and older

School Immunisation Program

In 2017, Year 7 students only are being offered school vaccinations at school.

This program is offered to any high school aged student at school in the eligible level. The following vaccinations are offered free:

  • HPV Vaccine (Human Papilloma Virus)  - 3 Doses
  • dTPa (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough)

Year 8 vaccination program is now completed. No longer will Year 8 students be vaccinated at school.

A catch up vaccination free of charge for those Year 7 and Year 8 students who missed their vaccinations in 2016 is available at Ipswich City Council’s community clinics until December 2017.

If your child is in the above year level age group but does not attend school they are still entitled to the free vaccines, forms are available at Ipswich City Council's community clinics.

Before a student can be vaccinated at school a completed and signed Queensland Health Consent Form must be provided.

Any student who has missed a vaccination at school can attend any of the immunisation clinics listed or for further information please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Resources for Schools

Queensland Health provides resources and further information for parents and schools about the School Immunisation Program, including principal kits and fact sheets.

Queensland Health - School Immunisation Program Information

Immunisation Records

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is a national register which commenced in 1996 and is administered by Medicare Australia. This register records the details of vaccinations given to children up to ten years of age who live in Australia.


To request records:

If your child has been immunised overseas you can have the details added to the ACIR either by visiting your general practitioner or a Council Community Immunisation Clinic.

Council Records

Ipswich City Council keeps records of vaccinations performed by Council. These records are kept for 21 years from the date of vaccination. You can request an immunisation record for yourself or your child.  Legal guardians are also able to request information.

To request a record of vaccinations performed by Council, make a request in writing including:

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Relationship to the person whose records are being requested
  • Full details of the person who the record is for, including:
    • name
    • date of birth
    • current address
    • school and years attended (if applicable)
    • address at the time of vaccinations

Send your request by: