Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect people against certain diseases.
The risks of these diseases are far greater than the very small risks of immunisation. Immunisation protects children (and adults) against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body's natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific infections.
Twelve diseases can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio), measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, meningococcal C, pneumococcal and varicella (chickenpox).
All of these diseases can cause serious complications and sometimes death.
The City of Hobart conducts free immunisation clinics for children on the second Wednesday of each month in the Elizabeth Street Conference Room, Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart. You can access the conference room from the Town Hall car park, where you can park for free.
We offer one adult vaccination: dTpa (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) at $60 per dose. This vaccination is important for parents, grandparents and extended family members with babies as it helps to protect the baby against pertussis (whooping cough).
The payment for this vaccine can be made at the Hobart Council Centre and the receipt bought with you on clinic day.
10 – 11.30 am – Infants and preschool children
11.30 – 12 pm – Adults (65 years and over) and school-aged children
Upcoming clinic dates
- Wednesday 12 July 2017
- Wednesday 9 August 2017
- Wednesday 13 September 2017
- Wednesday 11 October 2017
- Wednesday 8 November 2017
- Wednesday 13 December 2017
Protection from disease
Immunisation gives a good level of protection against disease, but unfortunately there can be no guarantee of 100% protection.
There are a small percentage of people who will not develop protective immunity against the disease even if they have the recommended vaccinations. However, if children do catch an illness they have been immunised against, the illness is usually milder than if they had not received the vaccine.
Reasons for immunisation
There are three reasons for immunising children in Australia:
- Immunisation is the only effective way of giving protection against the disease. After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch the disease if there are outbreaks in the community.
- If enough people in the community are immunised, the infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world, and how polio has been eliminated from many countries.
- Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness and death still occurs from diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.
Common side effects
Common side effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injection and low-grade fever. These reactions can be treated simply with paracetamol.
Serious side effects are extremely rare, and usually occur very soon after vaccination so we request that everyone who is vaccinated stays in the waiting area for at least 15 minutes. If worrying or persistent reactions develop later, you should seek medical help.
Can all children be immunised?
A very small proportion of children should not have certain immunisations because of medical conditions. This should be discussed with your doctor.
Every time a child is immunised the information should be recorded in the Personal Health Record given to parents in the hospital or birth centre after a baby is born. It is important to keep these records as a reminder of when immunisations are due and to check which children in the family are immunised if there is an outbreak of disease. You may also need to show these records when your child starts school. The Personal Health Record and clinic records are completed by the doctor, nurse or health worker giving the immunisation.
Details of immunisations are sent to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, which is a national database for recording details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia. You can phone the register on 1800 653 809 (free call) for information about your child's vaccination status regardless of where in Australia the vaccination was given.
The City of Hobart holds immunisation records for vaccinations that we administer through our public and school immunisation programs. If you or your child attended a school within the Hobart municipal area, and received vaccinations at school or at a City of Hobart run clinic, we should hold a record of this information. However, if you or your child attended a school outside the Hobart area (e.g. Clarence High School) then contact should be made with the council in that municipal area. Please use the form to request this information.
Note: For details on how to find other childhood immunisation records please view the How to Find Childhood Immunisation Records information document.(PDF, 71KB)
For more information on our monthly immunisation clinics and school immunisation programs contact us on 03 6238 2715.