Preparing you for placement and combating preventable diseases
Health and Medical Services at Griffith University offers a variety of programs throughout the year for meningococcal, influenza, vaccinations required for travelling overseas, and more. We can also help you prepare for your clinical placement by administering vaccinations specific to your needs. It's important that students attending a clinical placement are vaccinated and/or show immunity against various communicable diseases. Don't miss your placement because of out of date vaccinations or immunity, find out how we can assist you below.
Getting fit for placement
Need help with your immunisation records? We can help you work out what vaccinations you've had and what you need to have.
Students attending a clinical placement need to be vaccinated and/or show immunity against various communicable diseases. Students are not able to attend placements if vaccinations and immunity are not up to date. Requirements for each degree vary, please see the Fit for Placement web page for further details.
The Health and Medical Service can assist you to meet your mandatory requirements for vaccinations. All expenses associated with meeting these requirements are your responsibility. The costs of vaccines and serology tests are outlined in the table below (costs are subject to change):
Payments for vaccines can be made by credit card or debit card through GriffithPAY once you have seen a doctor. Invoices for payment of serology testing will be sent to your mailing address for payment. Make sure you bring all immunisation records to your appointment. These include immunisation history or baby book records, travel vaccination booklets and previous serology test results.
Accessing vaccination records
If you have been vaccinated in the past (for example in school) but do not have records, you may be able to access records through:
- Create your own Medicare online account via myGov.au
Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
- If born before January 1996 contact AIR: 1800 653 809
- Express Plus Medicare Mobile App
- Baby Book
- Vaccine history from GP
Public health units
- Australian Capital Territory: 02 6205 2086
- New South Wales: 1300 066 055
- Victoria: 1300 882 008
- South Australia: 1300 232 272
- Western Australia: 08 9321 1312
- Northern Territory - Top End: 08 8922 8315
- Central Australia: 08 8951 6929
- Tasmania: 1800 671 738
Planning a trip? You can get appropriate vaccinations (if needed for your destination) for usually just the cost of the vaccine itself. Both the Nathan and Gold Coast Health and Medical Service offer a range of travel vaccinations and the Gold Coast campus is Yellow Fever accredited.
You will need to see a doctor at least six weeks prior to departure. Make sure you bring all immunisation records to your appointment. These include immunisation history or baby book records, travel vaccination booklets and previous serology test results.
Be sure to check out the Smart Traveller website prior to leaving for helpful hints and tips about travelling.
Annual flu vaccinations:
The flu vaccine is now available at the Health and Medical Services. The annual influenza vaccination continues to be the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. Flu vaccines are available for $15 if not eligible for government funded vaccinations.
Who is eligible for government funded vaccines?
Generally, influenza vaccines are funded under the state and national immunisation programs for the following groups due to their increased risk of complications from influenza:
- all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age (State funded)
- pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (influenza and whooping cough vaccination can be given at the same time OR at different times during pregnancy). More information about whooping cough and influenza vaccination for pregnant women is available
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
- individuals aged 6 months to under 65 years with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (for a full list go to NCIRS Influenza Vaccines Fact Sheet).
Bookings for flu vaccinations will open in the coming weeks.