Immunisation Service

Immunisation Service

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)  Immunisation Drop-in Centre was established in March 2001.  It provides opportunistic vaccines for patients and parents at the hospital. Led by a specialist nursing team (Nurse Unit Manager: Sonja Elia), it also provides specialist immunisation advice. The team supports outpatient clinics such as the Immunisation Clinic (Tuesday am), Travel Clinic (Monday pm), Immigrant Health (Monday pm) and dedicated BCG clinics. It also provides seasonal vaccines, such as influenza and delivers the RSV immunoglobulin for at risk infants.

    Coming to the Immunisation clinic

    When coming to the Immunisation clinic at the RCH, the staff are committed to ensuring that the experience is a positive one, for both the child and the family.  Please click to see one of our RCH patients being immunised.

    Note: The Immunisation Clinic will be closed from 4.30 pm on the 23rd December 2016 and will re-open at 9am on Monday 9th January 2017

    2016 Influenza vaccine

    In 2016, a quadrivalent (four strain) influenza vaccine will be made available free to patients at increased risk. The vaccine will cover two A strains of influenza (California and Hong Kong) and two B strains of influenza (Brisbane and Phuket). 

    The Australian Government has partnered with the vaccine supplier GSK, whose Fluarix Tetra®, will be available for eligible people aged three years and older. The Government will also contract with Sanofi for their FluQuadri® Junior, which will be available for eligible children under three.

    The 2016 Influenza vaccine will be available during the first week of April 2016.


    A dedicated BCG vaccine clinic is held on Tuesday mornings for infants aged less than 12 months.  For any other travel advice, or for BCG vaccine for infants aged greater than 12 months, click the BCG clinics for children.  

    Note: there is currently a worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine however the Immunisation Service now has some stock of BCG vaccine.  

    To make a BCG clinic appointment, please click the BCG clinics for children for details.

    Adverse Events Following Immunisation

    In Victoria, adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) should be notified to SAEFVIC (the Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community).

    This specialist service helps immunisation providers and the community manage children and adults who have had an AEFI.  The contact details are below.

    These pages contain a number of resources that the Immunisation service provides to clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital. Please contact Dr Nigel Crawford, or Sonja Elia if you have any suggestions for improvements to these pages