Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is reminding parents that they can obtain copies of their children’s immunisation history statement from Medicare.
“With school resuming for another year, it’s timely to let parents know that these records are available by contacting Medicare,” Mr Husic said.
“It is not uncommon for primary schools and some preschools to request a copy of a child’s immunisation history on enrolment.”
Mr Husic said the history statements showed the type of immunisations received, the dates they were administered, and the next immunisations due.
“Parents can also use a copy of their child’s statement to assist claiming family assistance payments such as the Child Care Benefit and the Maternity Immunisation Allowance.”
Parents can view and print immunisation history statements through Medicare Australia Online Services until their child turns 14, or can request a copy of the statement at their local Medicare office.
“While you can access your child’s immunisation history at any time, Medicare Australia also automatically sends you a statement when your child reaches 18 months and five years of age.”
To register for Medicare Australia Online Services or for more information about the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, go to www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
Information on immunisation is available at www.immunise.health.gov.au