Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases that can cause serious complications and sometimes death. Immunisation will help your child stay healthy because it reduces the risk of serious diseases.
Ipswich City Council conducts weekly immunisation clinics. These clinics are FREE. There is no need to make an appointment, just arrive and all you need to bring is 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 true history is shown.
Dates for 2016
Bell Street Health Plaza
8.30am - 10.00am
Terry White Chemist
11.00am - 12.00pm
Goodna Community Health
9.00am - 11.00am
YMCA Community Centre
9.00am - 11.00am
Level 1 - Ipswich Global Information Centre
3.30pm - 5:45pm
No appointment necessary and all vaccines in the program are provided free as per the National Immunisation Program (refer to http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/ ). Medicare Card and child/person's immunisation records (baby health record book) are requested at the time of vaccination.
“Drop in” clinics are operated by Child Health at the same time as immunisation clinics at the following locations only : Ipswich Health Plaza, Goodna Community Health and the Springfield Lakes - YMCA Community Centre.
In addition to the free clinics, immunisation will be rolled out across high schools every year as part of the National Immunisation Program. Catch up immunisations will be offered to students at council immunisation 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. A carer may bring the child to the clinic but the forms must be completed and signed by the child's parent or guardian.
The Comparisons of Diseases and Effects form must also be brought to the clinic.
The Government updates a schedule which outlines what immunisations are required at different ages. To view this schedule please use the following link:
NOTE: Due to the increase in whooping cough in the community, it is recommended that infants receive their vaccinations at 6 weeks of age ahead of the 8 weeks as indicated in the National Immunisation Program.
For general information about immunisations please refer to the Australian Governments website Immunise Australia Program.
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 2 doses of the vaccine to offer maximum protection against these diseases.
This vaccine is provided free for any persons:
During the flu season (winter months), this vaccination is provided free for any person each year who is:
This program is offered to any high school aged student in the appropriate year level. The following vaccinations are offered free:
Year 8 students (all)
Year 10 students (all)
Year 10 students (males only)
If your child is in the above year level but does not attend school they are still entitled to the vaccines for free.
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.
Queensland Health provides resources and further information for parents and schools about the School Based Vaccination Program, including Principal Kits and fact sheets.
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 seven 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.
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:
Send your request by: