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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 Practitioner and 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.
With a Nurse Practitioner now available, vaccines that are not on the National Immunisation Program, such as Meningococcal B and ACWY are now available via prescription and purchase from the Wood's pharmacy located at the RCH.
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.
For more information on Meningococcal vaccines, the different products and their schedules, please see the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre website.
For more information on the recent Australian Child Health Poll on Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, please go to the following link: https://www.childhealthpoll.org.au/polls/vaccination-perspectives-of-australian-parents/
In 2017, 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 will be providing Fluarix Tetra® and FluQuadri® for eligible people aged three years and older. The Government will also provide FluQuadri® Junior, available for eligible children under three years.
The 2017 Influenza vaccine is now available for all RCH patients.
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 March 2018 for travel planned 4 weeks later (April 2018 onwards).
Please check the website regularly for any further updates. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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