Immunisation Immunisation

Childhood Vaccinations
GRCs Discovery Coast Community Health Service (DCCHS) offers free childhood vaccinations with clinics regularly held in Miriam Vale, Agnes Water and Baffle Creek.  For clinic details and bookings, please contact the Discovery Coast Community Health Service on (07) 4902 1100.

Vaccines provided are in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's - National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS).  In accordance with the vaccination schedule, the following vaccinations are provided to age appropriate children:

  • Infanrix Hexa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hepatitis B and HIB)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal C
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Infanrix IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio)

Link to National Immunisation Program Schedule (124KB PDF)

Gladstone and Calliope areas no longer provide childhood immunisations for babies and infants.  However, Council has maintained records for all childhood immunisations that have previously been administered.  To obtain your child's vaccination history or for further information on immunisation generally, please contact Council's Environmental Health section on (07) 4976 6996 or email.

Your family doctor or Community Health Services (Gladstone) carry out vaccinations for babies and young children up to school age.  For further information on immunisation services provided by Community Health Services (Gladstone) contact them directly on 4976 3130.

Further information relating to immunisation can be obtain from:

School Based Vaccination Programs (SBVP)
Council offers a free school based vaccination program throughout the region.  Vaccines provided are in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's - National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS).  In accordance with the vaccination schedule and Queensland Health's service agreement, the following vaccinations are provided:

*  Year 8 students

- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - 3 doses over 6 months

 

- Chickenpox (VZV) - 1 dose

 

- Boostrix - Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (dTpa) - 1 dose

*  Year 10 students

- Boostrix - Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (dTpa) - 1 dose

Notes:

  • Year 8 Hepatitis B vaccination is no longer offered (completed in 2013) as students will have received this vaccine as an infant.
  • During 2013 and 2014, catch up HPV vaccination will be offered to Year 10 male students.
  • Year 10 Boostrix (dTpa) vaccination will be transitioned to Year 8.  Therefore, during 2014 and 2015, both Year 8 and Year 10 students will be offered Boostrix vaccination.  In 2016 and beyond, this vaccine (and all other SBVP vaccines) will only be offered to Year 8 students.

The consent forms contain all relevant information regarding the vaccine, disease, eligibility, privacy, missed vaccinations, reactions etc.  The consent forms (Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, HPV and Boostrix) are provided to all students in the appropriate year level.  Consent forms should be completed and returned to the school even if no vaccination is requested.  All students vaccinated will receive a record to take home after their vaccination.  Council maintains records for all school based vaccinations.  To obtain your child's vaccination history please contact Council's Environmental Health section on (07) 4976 6996 or email health@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.

School based vaccinations are carried out at each high school with the clinics generally scheduled during March, May and October.  If a student misses the scheduled clinic at school, catch-up vaccination is provided at either a doctor's surgery or Council based clinic.

As part of the school based program, Council will record vaccination details and they will be entered into Queensland Health's vaccination database.  Queensland Health is committed to safeguarding the privacy of client information in accordance with the National Privacy Principles.  For further information on privacy laws, visit Queensland Health's website.

Community Influenza Vaccination
Council also provides free influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations to "at risk" residents.  This includes residents who are 65 years of age and older, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who are 15 years of age and older, pregnant woment and those with medical risk factors.  Clinics are usually held in March each year, prior to the commencement of the flu season.  For further information regarding the community influenza and pneumococcal clinics, please contact the Gladstone Office, Environmental Health Section on (07) 4976 6996 or the Discovery Coast Community Health Service in Agnes Water on (07) 4902 1100.