Immunisation Service

Influenza (flu) vaccine for children

Influenza (the flu) is an illness that typically affects the nose, throat and lungs and can spread easily. One in three children who catch the flu are hospitalised and most flu-related hospital admissions and deaths occur in previously healthy children.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the influenza vaccine. The vaccine will give your child immunity for up to 6-12 months.

The flu vaccine is free for children most at risk, including:

  • All children aged six months to four years of age
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from six months onwards
  • All children on long-term aspirin therapy, from six months of age onwards
  • All children from six months of age with a chronic medical condition, including:
    • severe asthma
    • chronic lung disease
    • liver, kidney or heart conditions
    • diseases of the nervous system
    • impaired immunity including cancer
    • diabetes
    • metabolic or blood disorders
    • Trisomy 21.

Where can my child(ren) receive the flu vaccine?

If your child is eliigble for the free vaccine, you can visit the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre, Level 1, Clinic D from 8.30am - 4pm - no appointment necessary.

If your child is not eligible for the free vaccine, you can go to your GP or check the Immunisation section of Healthy WA.

Read our Health Fact about the flu vaccine here.


Immunisation is a safe and effective way of providing protection against harmful diseases.

A comprehensive immunisation service is now available to all children and their families attending Perth Children's Hospital (PCH). The service is comprised of specialist paediatricians and senior immunisation nurse specialists. It provides an opportunity for children and families to get routine vaccinations, advice and education regarding current immunisation recommendations and to meet the vaccination needs of medically at-risk children.

The Stan Perron Immunisation Centre

All children and families attending Perth Children's Hospital now have the opportunity to drop-in to the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre for scheduled routine and overdue vaccinations on the WA Immunisation Schedule.

The service is free of charge and no appointment or referral is necessary. All children and families are welcome - opening hours and location are in the right hand column.

For more information on the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre, read the PCH Immunisation services - information for families brochure.

Specialist Immunisation Clinic

The Specialist Immunisation Clinic at Perth Children's Hospital is conducted on a weekly basis, by the Infectious Diseases Department and provides a comprehensive clinical service for:
  • children with complex immunisation requirements, such as those whose high-risk medical conditions require individualised immunisation plans
  • children who have experienced or who are at risk of an adverse event following immunisation
  • children and adolescents with severe needle phobia or those who are unable to be vaccinated in the community
  • vaccine-hesitant families who require further advice
  • travel advice and vaccinations for children with medical comorbidities (excluding the BCG vaccine, which is only available at the Anita Clayton Centre). Please note, travel vaccines are available on private prescription.

Referrals

This clinic requires a medical referral. For external healthcare professionals, see the Central Referral Service

For further information for healthcare professionals on the Specialist Immunisation Clinic see the PCH Immunisation services - for health professionals brochure.

Significant adverse events following immunisation

For adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) refer to the WA vaccine safety surveillance (WAVSS) website (external link) and submit an AEFI report.

Seasonal influenza immunisation program

A targeted influenza immunisation service is provided each year at Perth Children's Hospital prior to and during the flu season through a dedicated influenza nurse, servicing outpatients and the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre. The flu vaccine is freely available to:
  • All children aged six months to less than five years of age
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

And children who have medical conditions including:

  • asthma
  • chronic lung, liver, kidney, heart and neurological conditions
  • impaired immunity
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • metabolic blood disorders
  • Trisomy 21
  • Children on long-term aspirin therapy under the age of 10.

For further information on influenza immunisation, see the Influenza (flu) vaccine for children - Health Fact.

Frequently asked questions about immunisation

For some frequently asked questions about:

  • Meningococcol vaccines
  • The immunisation schedule
  • Immunisation for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • The effectiveness of subsequent vaccinations
  • Side effects and vaccine safety

Read our Immunisation: Frequently asked questions - Health Fact sheet.

Hours

Stan Perron Immunisation Centre: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. The centre is closed on public holidays.

Location

Stan Perron Immunisation Centre: Clinic D, Level 1. Tell the clerk at the reception desk you are there to attend the immunisation centre. Take the Pink or Yellow Lifts. 

Specialist Immunisation Clinic: Clinic B, Ground Level. 

Contact us

Stan Perron Immunisation Centre:

Phone 6456 2222 (PCH switchboard) or email.

Related links

Influenza (flu) vaccine for children - Health Fact

Immunisation services - Information for families

Immunisation services - Information for health professionals

Infectious Diseases department