Immunisation Records Needed
As you may be aware, there has recently been a measles outbreak in the Brunswick area of Melbourne, including cases at a primary school.
In light of this, I am seeking your co-operation in ensuring we have a record of your child’s immunisation status on file. This will ensure the school can respond quickly should a member of the school community contract a vaccine-preventable disease. In the event of a disease outbreak immunisation status certificates help us quickly identify the immunisation status of each child and implement the advice received from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services, which may include sending your child home until the risk of infection has passed.
Our records show that the school does not have a record of your child’s immunisation status. All primary schools are required to request an immunisation status certificate for each child prior to enrolment and to keep a copy of this certificate on record.
Even if your child has not received any vaccinations, it is still expected that parents/carers/guardians provide a certificate.
Please provide this certificate to the school as soon as possible. The most commonly provided immunisation status certificate is an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Register (ACIR).
You can get a copy of your child’s Immunisation History Statement:
through Medicare online accounts or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
by requesting a statement to be posted to you in the mail
o Email firstname.lastname@example.org
o Telephone ACIR on 1800 653 809
by visiting a local Medicare service centre
Please be aware that your child may be excluded from attending school for up to 14 days if there is an outbreak in the school community and the school does not have evidence showing your child has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine.
Further information on primary school immunisation requirements can be found at <www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/vaccination-children-adolescents/primary-school-immunisation-requirements>
Reliable information on measles symptoms and measles vaccine is available at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
If you think your child may require immunisations or you have questions or concerns about immunisation or particular vaccines, see your doctor or contact your local council. Immunisations are provided free to children under the National Immunisation Program.
If you have any concerns, please contact the school and make an appointment to see me.