Babies and Children
What immunisations does my child need and when?
- ACT Immunisation Schedule
- Immunisation Record Card for Children
- Requirements for entry to school, preschool and childcare – Parent Handbook 2017
- Personal Health Record (blue book)
- Immunise our children to stay healthy flyer
- Infants and young children requiring additional vaccines
Are my child’s immunisations up to date?
Where can I get my child immunised?
- Visit your General Practitioner (GP)
- Find a Health Service
- Maternal and Child Health (MACH) Immunisation Clinics
Immunisation is available by appointment at Child Immunisation Clinics across the ACT for children under 6 years of age. Appointments can be made by phoning Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).
Children must be accompanied by their parents to receive their immunisation from Child Immunisation Clinics.
Please don't forget your child's Personal Health Record (PHR - Blue Book). Replacement copies of the Personal Health Record can be purchased from your local community health centre or downloaded from link above..
For locations and times of the Immunisation Clinics please click on the link above.
There are immunisation requirements for children starting school, preschool and childcare. can be found in the Requirements for entry to school, preschool and childcare – Parent Handbook 2016 found at the top of this page.
Your child's Personal Health Record has a vaccination card located at the back of the book where the MACH nurse or GP can record all the vaccinations your child receives.
Immunisation records for children age less than twenty (20) years old are sent directly to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (AIR).
Clients who require information about their child's immunisation history, can contact AIR on 1800 653 809 or via the AIR website.
How do I care for my child after their immunisation?
- Adverse events
- Adverse events fact sheet
- Common side effects of vaccine
- Immunisation Adverse event reporting form
- After your child has been immunised.pdf
All vaccines used in Australia undergo extensive research and must be approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Before a vaccine can be licensed, it is tested over several years to ensure it is safe and that it work
However, if you, your child or a client experience an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI), please complete the Immunisation Adverse Event Reporting Form or call the immunisation unit on (02) 6205 2300.
My child was immunised overseas, what I should do?
Transcribing overseas records
If your child has received vaccines overseas, these will need to be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register. Your child may require additional vaccines to meet the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule.
Your GP may be able to transcribe your child's overseas immunisation history and provide a catch up schedule if required. Your GP can also advise you on vaccinations required for your child to meet the Australian National Immunisation Program schedule.
If your child is under 10, ACT Health can provide this service for you. If you would like to have your child’s immunisations transcribed by ACT Health, please send the following information to the Health Protection Service:
- Child’s full name (format - first last)
- Date of Birth (format- DD/MM/YYYY)
- Copy of immunisation history either in English or translated. We are unable to translate immunisation records at ACT Health. If you need your documents translated, please contact a Translation Centre.
- Medicare card number (if you have one)
- Parent’s name
- Contact phone number
- Postal address
Please send this information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to email, you can fax this information to: 02 6205 1738 or send a letter to:
Public Health Nurse
Locked Bag 5005
Weston Creek ACT 2611
Unfortunately, we are unable to change your child’s details with Medicare. If you wish to update any of your child’s details with Medicare, you can call Medicare on 132011 or visit your local Medicare Service Centre.
What Diseases is my child being protected against?
ACT Immunisation in young children
|Age/Risk Group||Diseases Vaccinated Against|
(may be given from 6 weeks)
|4 months||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and hepatitis B|
|6 months||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DPTa), poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and hepatitis B|
|12 months||Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)|
|Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Meningococcal C|
|Children at high risk may require extra immunisations|
Children at high risk may require extra immunisations