The Strathbogie Shire supports immunisation programs run by the State and Commonwealth Governments on the Australian National Immunisation Program Schedule.
Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. This applies to all scheduled Council Immunisation Sessions, including Strathbogie Shire.
If you or your child requires vaccination at one of Council’s immunisation sessions, please contact Wodonga Council, which is the service provider for Strathbogie Shire, to make an appointment on 1800 655 360. The Council will endeavour to accommodate everyone with an appointment. Please note that only one parent/guardian should accompany a child into the immunisation session.
For information on days, times and locations of Immunisation dates please check the link below:
Immunisation Dates 2023
*Please note that due to COVID-19 guidelines, several immunisation services have been relocated to larger venues to accommodate social distancing requirements. Please click the link for the immunisation schedule above for details.
- Immunisations services delivered
- Immunisation services to all children aged 0-5 years, preschool and school age children according to the recommended National Immunisation Program Schedule.
- Immunisation services to all community members of the Strathbogie Shire according to the recommended National Immunisation Program Schedule.
The Victorian Government has announced that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine is recommended and available for specific priority groups, including people who may be exposed to the virus where they live or work.
Wodonga Council will be offering Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccination at special Japanese Encephalitis only vaccination sessions (see below for more information) to the following priority groups (the eligibility criteria for the JE vaccine was recently expanded).
In Victoria, JE vaccine is available free-of-charge and recommended for:
High -risk local government areas and/or; people aged 2 months or older who live or routinely work in any of the following local government areas of Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Swan Hill, Wodonga, Towong, Benalla, Wangaratta and Strathbogie AND:
- Spend significant time outdoors (four hours per day), for unavoidable work, recreational, educational or other essential activities; OR
- Living in temporary or flood damaged accommodation (e.g. camps, tents, dwellings exposed to the external environment) that place them at increased risk of exposure to mosquitoes; OR
- Are engaged in the prolonged outdoor recovery efforts (clean up) of stagnant waters following floods.*
*Vaccination can be administered after arrival in flood affected areas to those from other regions deployed for prolonged recovery efforts.
The risk of exposure to mosquitoes is low at an elevation of greater than 500 metres. Therefore, JE vaccination is only recommended for individuals who spend significant time outdoors below this elevation in these LGAs.
No restriction for people in local government areas:
- Who work at, reside at, or have a planned non-deferable visit to a:
– piggery, including but not limited to farm workers and their families (including children aged 2 months and older) living at the piggery, transport workers, veterinarians and others involved in the care of pigs
– property that has been confirmed to be infected with JE virus
– property suspected to be infected with JE virus
– pork abattoir or pork rendering plant.
- Who work directly with mosquitoes through their surveillance (field or laboratory based) or control and management, and indirectly through management of vertebrate mosquito-borne disease surveillance systems (e.g., sentinel animals) such as:
– environmental health officers and workers (urban and remote)
- All diagnostic and research laboratory workers who may be exposed to the virus, such as persons working with JE virus cultures or mosquitoes with the potential to transmit JE virus; as per the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
The JE vaccination is now available free of charge to those in the above priority groups.
To book an appointment for JE vaccination, please phone council on 1800 655 360.
When making an appointment booking for JE vaccination, please advise if you fall into one of the following categories, as you may need an alternative vaccine brand which is not currently available through Wodonga Council’s immunisation service, or JE vaccination may not be recommended for you:
Immunocompromised; Aged less than 9 months; Pregnant women (*women should avoid pregnancy for 28 days after vaccination*); Breastfeeding women should not receive Imojev® because it is not known whether the virus is excreted in breast milk; People who have received immunoglobulin or blood product administration in the past 3 months; Anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any JE vaccine; Anaphylaxis after any component of a JE vaccine; People with an acute febrile illness.
JE vaccination is also available through certain pharmacies and GP’s.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites. It may cause a rare and potentially life-threatening infection of the brain.
For further information on Japanese Encephalitis and other mosquito borne diseases and mosquito bite prevention, refer to the Beat the Bite website on the Better Health Channel: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/beat-the-bite
The JE vaccination is now available free of charge to those in the above priority groups. To book an appointment for JE vaccination, please phone council on 1800 655 360.
Community members who fall into the following risk categories may make an appointment to receive their free flu vaccine at any Council immunisation session:
- Children aged 6 months to <5 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and over
- Adults aged 65 years or older
- People aged 6 months and younger who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes.
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
This is an easy to understand resource aimed at informing parents and guardians on what immunisation is, why they should vaccinate their child/ren against vaccine preventable diseases, vaccines their children will receive under the National Immunisation Program and addresses frequently asked questions. A condensed hardcopy guide is available from Strathbogie Shire Council offices or via the Maternal and Child Health program or a more extensive booklet can be downloaded here
Additional information regarding childhood immunisations can also be found on the Better Health Channel website
To access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), visit MyGov/Medicare for your child’s records. If you have difficulty accessing your child’s immunisation history, contact:
- City of Wodonga via 1800 655 360; or
- Strathbogie Shire Council in writing at email@example.com
For more information on immunisation and immunisation records please visit the Australian Immunisation Register
There is new legislation that came into effect on 1 January, 2016 in relation to immunisation and enrolling in early childhood services. Information regarding this can be found by visiting Victoria State Government website.
In Victoria, from November 2021, the routine schedule of vaccines provided free under the National Immunisation Program can be viewed by visiting: Immunisation Schedule Victoria
The Maternal & Child Health app has been developed by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services to help remind parents and carers in Victoria when immunisations for their children are due. You can learn more about this new app by visiting Better Health Channel