By law, parents or guardians must provide an Immunisation History Statement when you enrol your child in any childcare service, kindergarten or primary school in Victoria.
The only documentation that can be used is a current Immunisation History Statement provided by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The statement shows whether or not a child has been immunised and includes details of the vaccines they have received.
You will be asked to provide an Immunisation History Statement when your child starts school for the first time or when enrolling in a new primary school.
Opportunity to ‘catch up’ on missed vaccines
Obtaining an Immunisation History Statement is an excellent way to check whether your child’s vaccinations are up to date. Measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, meningococcal C disease, chickenpox, pneumococcal disease and polio are life-threatening diseases that children can catch and spread.
Your child should have received vaccines to protect against all these diseases before starting school. Your local council or GP can immunise your child to ‘catch up’ on any missed vaccine doses.