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Immunisation Service

Immunisation Service

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Immunisation Drop-in Centre was established in March 2001. Our clinic provides a vaccination service to our patients and parents at the hospital. Where we have availability, we also provide a service to non-patients who drop in without an appointment.  

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving the flu vaccine and all scheduled vaccines is more important than ever. As The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) continues to implement measures to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and patients, it is vital that we all do what we can to support these shared goals.  One parent/legal guardian will be allowed entry with the child to be vaccinated unless other agreements have been made with the Immunisation service team.  Visitors will be screened prior to entry and required to answer a series of health questions and receive a temperature check.

    Parents or guardians of patients can enter through the Yellow Lifts or main entrance doors on Flemington Road to access the Visitor Assessment Checkpoint. 

    Coming to the Immunisation Centre

    Led by a specialist nursing team (Nurse Practitioner and Manager: Sonja Elia), the centre provides specialist immunisation advice. The team supports outpatient clinics such as the Immunisation Clinic (Tuesday am), 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.

    When coming to the Immunisation centre 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.  

    Needle phobia

    Pain and anxiety associated with vaccine administration can be a source of distress for children and their families.  There are a range of techniques that can be used to reduce this pain and anxiety, such as effective preparation, distraction techniques and pain management strategies.  When these strategies are unsuccessful, the Immunisation Drop-in centre can offer a unique 'Immunisation under sedation' service.  To find out more, please contact the Immunisation service on 1300 882 924 (Option 2) and bookings are essential.

    Meningococcal vaccines

    For more information on Meningococcal vaccines, the different products and their schedules, please see the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre website.   With a Nurse Practitioner now available, vaccines that are not on the National Immunisation Program, such as Meningococcal B and ACWY are now available for purchase.  Appointments are required and are available Mon, Tues and Wed between 1pm and 3pm.

    2020 Influenza vaccine

    In 2020, a quadrivalent (four strain) influenza vaccine will be made available free to all infants aged 6 months to 5 years as well as patients of all ages who are at increased risk. The vaccine will cover two A strains of influenza (Brisbane and South Australia) and two B strains of influenza (Washington and Phuket). 

    The 2020 Influenza vaccine will be available for all RCH patients from May.


    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. The Immunisation service does not have any BCG appointments until August 2020 for travel planned 4 weeks later (September 2020 onwards).

    Please check the website regularly for any further updates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    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

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