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Immunisation

Since its inception in 1979, Logan City Council has provided free community immunisation clinics. Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting against harmful diseases. The Immunisation Program delivers the vaccinations listed under the National Immunisation Program Schedule and operates in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) guidelines.

Immunisation Schedule Queensland Children under 10 years (PDF 93 KB)

Immunisation Schedule Queensland Children and adolescents (10 to 19 years) (PDF 82 KB)

Immunisation Schedule Queensland Adults (above 19 years) (PDF 148 KB)

Overdue Vaccinations - Resolving Centrelink/Medicare Notifications

Following changes by the Federal Government to childhood immunisation requirement, parents may have received letters from either Centrelink or Medicare notifying them that their child is overdue for vaccines. Unfortunately these letters do not provide parents with enough information to resolve their issues.

Council has received a very high number of phone calls in relation to Centrelink payments and a tip sheet is provided below to support parents in resolving their issues.

Centrelink Payment Concerns Tip Sheet (PDF 138 KB)

Current Public Health Alerts

April 2018

Cases of measles have been reported recently in Queensland. Measles is a highly infectious disease with symptoms including high temperature, lethargy, cough and red eyes. These symptoms are commonly followed by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face which becomes widespread over the body.

GPs and hospitals throughout Queensland have been notified they may see further presentations of measles in the next few weeks. If you think you may have measles you should call ahead to your GP or hospital to ensure processes are in place to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The best way to protect yourself against measles is to be vaccinated. If you think you may not have had measles or you have not been vaccinated, visit one of our community clinics.

SmartVax

Logan City Council uses SmartVax. A text message based 'check in' for immunisation recipients. A text message may be sent and responses can be performed from any type of mobile phone by responding 'Yes' or 'No' to the text message. Participation is not compulsory.

Anyone who responds that they experienced a reaction will be sent an SMS link to a 1 minute online survey to capture further details about the reaction. The vaccine provider is notified of any reactions reported. Any information about suspected adverse events may be shared with public health authorities who use this information for monitoring vaccine safety.

Flu vaccination and at risk flu vaccination program

The 2018 flu vaccine is now available at all of Logan City Council’s community immunisation clinics. View the Community Clinic timetable.

People eligible for a free influenza vaccine are:

  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and older
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older
  • people with medical conditions (such as diabetes, severe asthma, lung or heart disease) that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease
  • all children aged 5 years and under.

Anyone who is not eligible for a free influenza vaccine can purchase one at our clinics for just $10. No Medicare card is required to access any of our immunisation services.

To find out more see the National Immunisation Program Flu Vaccine Advice 2018.

Please note a full list of the locations and times of Logan City Council’s Community Clinics is available at www.logan.qld.gov.au/community-support/health/immunisation

Meningococcal ACYW vaccination

The Meningococcal ACYW vaccine is available at all Logan City Council Immunisation clinics.

From 1 June 2017 the Queensland Government is offering free meningococcal ACWY vaccination to all Year 10 students through the School Immunisation Program and is also offering free vaccine for young people aged 15 to 19 years of age through their doctor or immunisation provider. Some of the highest rates of meningococcal carriage occur among 15 to 19 year olds and this age group can transmit the meningococcal bacteria to people who are at increased risk of infection, including young children.

The reason we are vaccinating 15 to 19 year olds is to reduce the risk of meningococcal disease caused by strains A, C, W and Y in this age group, and to reduce the spread of meningococcal disease caused by these strains. Vaccinating this group will protect individuals immediately and the wider community over time.

Shingles vaccination

The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is a free vaccine that has been added to the National Immunisation Program.

Zostavax is available to people aged 70 years (a free single catch-up dose is available for adults aged 71-79 years until 31 October 2021).

Zostavax is available through Council's immunisation clinics.

For more information about this free vaccine, see the zoster section of the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition.

Whooping Cough

The adult whooping cough vaccine is available at all immunisation Clinics. Women in their third trimester of pregnancy can receive a free adult whooping cough vaccine through Council's immunisation clinics. This is recommended between 28 and 32 weeks, however it can be given any time during the last three months of pregnancy. For all other adults the whooping cough vaccination can be purchased at a cost of $32.

Community clinic program

Community immunisation clinics are held weekly. Appointments are not necessary. Please see below for further details.

Please note our clinic closing times to ensure you are seen on the day. We advise you to arrive at least 20 minutes before closing time.

Beenleigh Library

Crete Street, Beenleigh Qld 4207
Every Thursday excluding Public Holidays
9 am - 10 am

Browns Plains Early Years Centre

Corner Wineglass and Middle Roads, Hillcrest Qld 4118
Every Thursday excluding Public Holidays
Noon - 1 pm

Crestmead PCYC

Gimlet Street, Crestmead Qld 4132
Every Tuesday excluding Public Holidays
8.45 am - 9.15 am

Jimboomba Library

18-22 Honora Street, Jimboomba Qld 4280
Every Thursday excluding Public Holidays
11 am - Noon

Logan Central Library

26 Wilbur Street, Logan Central Qld 4114
Every Thursday excluding Public Holidays
3.30 pm - 7 pm

Logan Hyperdome Library

66 Mandew Street, Shailer Park Qld 4128
Every Saturday excluding Public Holidays
9 am - 11 am

Springwood Child Health

16 Cinderella Drive, Springwood Qld 4127
Every Friday excluding Public Holidays
9 am - 10 am

Marsden Library

35 Chambers Flat Road, Marsden Qld 4132
Every Friday excluding Public Holidays
Noon - 1 pm

St Francis College

64 Julie Street, Crestmead Qld 4132
Every Friday excluding Public Holidays
10.45 am - 11.15 am

School immunisation program

The School Based Immunisation Program (SIP) provides parents with the opportunity to have their child vaccinated for free at school.

Year 7 students are being offered vaccination to protect against:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - 2 doses at least 3 months apart
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (dTpa Whooping cough) - 1 dose.

Year 10 students are being offered vaccination to protect against Meningococcal ACYW.

Consent forms for each vaccine offered will be given to your child to bring home from school. Please note that no child will be vaccinated without parental consent. If you have misplaced your child's consent form, they can be downloaded from the links below together with the vaccination information sheet.

Consent forms

For your convenience below are the PDFs of the consent forms you will be required to complete. These will be available for you at the clinic or if you wish to save time please feel free to print, complete and bring along.

Community consent forms

School consent forms

School vaccination information

Immunisation records

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is a national register administered by Medicare Australia. Find out how to obtain copies of vaccination records or lodge details of vaccinations received overseas. The ACIR began storing records in 1996 and has records of children who are up to eight years of age. To request records:

Logan City Council records

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

  • your name, address and phone number
  • the relationship to the person whose records are being requested
  • the full details of the person who the record is for, including:
  • name
  • date of birth
  • current address
  • address at the time of vaccinations
  • information on the immunisation records you need (e.g. Hepatitis B).

Send your request by:

  • Email: immunisation@logan.qld.gov.au
  • Mail to:

    Environmental Health Program
    Health, Environment & Waste Branch
    Logan City Council
    PO Box 3226
    Logan City DC Qld 4114

Vaccines available for purchase

Vaccinations available at Council's immunisation clinics at a cost* include:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - $32.00
  • Chickenpox (2 doses required if >14yrs) - $53.00
  • Hepatitis A (2 doses required) - $53.00
  • Hepatitis B, Adult (3 doses required, two doses required if 11-15yrs) - $21.00
  • Hepatitis B, Paediatric (3 doses required) - $16.00
  • Hepatitis A and B combined (3 doses required) - $63.00 (please check for availability)
  • Human Papilloma Virus (3 doses required) - $132.00
  • Influenza, Adult (only 1 dose required annually) - $10.00
  • Influenza, Paediatric (2 doses may be required) - $10.00
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (2 doses may be required) - $27.00
  • Polio (3 doses required) - $37.00

* Prices are per dose for 2017/18. Vaccines are not subject to GST.

Vaccines and diseases

Logan City Council immunises for:

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough

Diphtheria is bacteria found in an infected person's mouth, nose and throat, which can cause difficulty swallowing and breathing. The bacteria releases a toxin that can cause paralysis and heart failure. Diphtheria is fatal in about seven percent of cases.

Tetanus causes muscle spasms in the neck and jaw muscles (lockjaw) and can cause breathing difficulties and abnormal heart rhythms. It enters the body through puncture wounds. Tetanus is fatal in about 10 percent of cases.

Whooping Cough (pertussis) is a bacteria spread by coughing or sneezing. Whooping Cough affects the air passages, which makes breathing difficult.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent whooping cough. The vaccine is recommended and available free for:

  • all children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age and 4 years of age. Vaccines due at 2 months of age can be given from 6 weeks, and those due at 4 years can be given from 3 years 6 months
  • year 7 students (booster).

Adult immunisation is recommended (but not free) for:

  • those planning pregnancy
  • expectant partners or new mothers
  • anyone in regular contact with babies under six months of age e.g. family members, childcare and healthcare workers
  • any adult wanting to protect themselves against whopping cough
  • adults with a tetanus prone wound if more than five years since their last dose.

For more information on whooping cough, please refer to the Queensland Health website and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website or the Pertussis fact sheet (PDF 148 KB).

A combination vaccine diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) immunises against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough. Side effects include:

  • irritability
  • a mild fever
  • redness
  • soreness
  • area swelling.

Boostrix is available for all year 7 students through the School Immunisation Program. Children who missed the vaccination at school can receive Boostrix through Council clinics, but only for a limited time after missing it. Students can also access the vaccine from their local doctor.

If a student has recently had an Adult Diphtheria Tetanus (ADT) or Tetanus vaccine they still require a Boostrix vaccine as these vaccines do not have the Pertussis component. It is safe to receive Boostrix even if ADT or Tetanus was given, for example, in the last week or month.

The following fact sheet offers more information for year 7 students and their parents:

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus that lasts about 5 to 10 days.

Children can be vaccinated from one to 13 years old. If a child is over the age of 14 and has never been immunised, two vaccines will be required. The vaccine protects about 90 percent of children. If the infection does occur after vaccination, it is usually mild.

People who should not get the vaccine include:

  • pregnant women
  • people with immune deficiency diseases (for example, HIV or AIDS)
  • people taking immune-suppressing medication.

Side effects are rare, but about one in five people get a local reaction or fever, and three in five get a mild chickenpox-like rash.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver infection and is mostly transmitted by the faecal-oral route. Possible vaccines include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

Tests show vaccines are 98 per cent effective and last for 10 years or over.

Children aged 18 to 24 months need two Hepatitis A vaccine doses. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will get the Hepatitis A vaccination free.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver virus and is contracted through contact with body fluids. The risk of this is very low. Babies get immunised:

  • after birth
  • at two months
  • at four months
  • at six months.

Two or three doses are required for adolescents never vaccinated before.

Serious side effects are rare. Anaphylaxis or a serious lower blood pressure occurs for one in 600,000 cases.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B

The Hib vaccine is given in a number of stages. The first dose of the Hib vaccine is normally given at two months of age.

The Hib vaccine used in Australia contains a part of the Hib bacteria attached to a protein that stimulates the immune system. The vaccine also contains a small amount of aluminium salt. Possible side effects include:

  • mild swelling
  • redness
  • fever.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is a very common virus that affects both females and males. Different types of HPV can affect different parts of the body. Some of these can infect the genital area. The vaccine will help protect females and males against developing a range of HPV related cancers and diseases, including protection for women against cervical cancer.  Gardasil is available to all year 7 students through Council's school program.

Students that missed the vaccination at school can receive the Gardasil vaccine through Council clinics before the end of year 9. Possible side effects include:

  • pain
  • redness
  • swelling
  • fever
  • nausea
  • rarely bronchospasm.

Follow the links to view a short educational video to find out more about the Human Papillomavirus in boys and girls.

The following fact sheets, as well as the new HPV vaccine website www.hpvvaccine.org.au offer more information:

Influenza

The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends Influenza vaccination for anyone aged 6 months or over who wishes to protect themselves against Influenza. Vaccination of all members of the community is recommended.

Influenza is a highly infectious viral disease that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally the lungs. It is characterised by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain and headaches.

Groups eligible for free influenza vaccination annually include:

  • all adults aged 65 years and over
  • pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 6 months and 5 years of age
  • individuals 6 months of age and over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Measles has caused more deaths in Australia in the past 15 years than diphtheria, whooping cough and rubella combined.

The Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine is given to:

  • children in two doses at one and four years old
  • women considering pregnancy with low rubella antibodies.

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is bacteria in the throat or nose and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Common disease strains include B and C.

Two types of Meningococcal vaccinations are available in Australia. They include, the new Meningococcal B vaccine and Meningococcal C vaccine for all children after 12 months old, which provides 90 percent protection and the vaccine for older children over two years old that protects against Meningococcal A, C, W and Y.

Side effects include:

  • redness and swelling
  • fever
  • irritability
  • decreased appetite
  • headaches.

Pneumococcal disease

Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria carried in the throat and nose and is spread by kissing, coughing or sneezing.

Vaccines include:

  • Prevenar 13 for children aged between two months and nine years old
  • Pneumovax 23 for children aged two years and over (medically at risk only).

The Pneumococcal vaccine is funded for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged:

  • eighteen months
  • 50 years and over.

The vaccine is only required every five years (non-indigenous persons only require the vaccine once).

Poliomyelitis

Polio is a gastrointestinal virus that affects the central nervous system. Since 1978, Poliomyelitis or polio has been eradicated in Australia. However, children must be vaccinated against polio as there's a risk of importation.

The polio vaccine is free and requires three doses with a booster at four years. Side effects include:

  • muscle aches
  • soreness
  • swelling
  • redness at the injection site
  • mild fever
  • decreased appetite.

Rotavirus

Rotavirus causes severe diarrhoea, dehydration and stomach pain in babies and children. It is contagious and infection is usually spread through the faecal-oral route.

Vaccinations:

  • First dose can't be given after 12 weeks of age.
  • Third dose must be completed by 32 weeks of age.

The vaccination is given at exactly two, four and six months of age. Side effects include:

  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting.

Tuberculosis

Council does not administer Tuberculosis vaccinations. Enquiries regarding Tuberculosis (BCG vaccination) should be directed to:

Metro South Clinical Tuberculosis Service
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Building 37, Gate 1 Cornwall Street
Woolloongabba Qld 4102

Phone: 07 3176 4141

For more information visit the Queensland Health website.

Further information

Immunisations are recommended for certain people and at certain stages in life. Listed below are links for further information you may require.

If you have any queries about immunisation please phone 07 3412 3412.