Japanese encephalitis virus

Japanese encephalitis virus

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is spread to humans through mosquito bites.

It may cause a rare and potentially life-threatening infection of the brain.

Moira Shire Council is offering Japanese Encephalitis vaccination to eligible residents via appointment at centres across the shire. Vaccine is available to residents aged 2 months and above who

  • Are living in temporary or flood damaged accommodation that may increase exposure to mosquitoes or, 
  • Are engaged in the prolonged outdoor recovery efforts (clean up) of stagnant waters following floods or, 
  • Spend significant time outdoors (four hours per day) for unavoidable work, recreational educational, or other essential activities


Please call (03) 5871 9222 to schedule your appointment for Monday 30 January 2023Bookings are essential


Please note, due to changes in vaccine distribution advised by the Health Department, Moira Shire Council are no longer able to supply vaccine to residents who are pregnant, immunocompromised or receiving cancer treatment. Residents within this group who have received one dose of the vaccine through Council and have appointments already scheduled are still able to receive their second dose.

Residents wishing to receive the 2 dose schedule should contact their GP to determine eligibility.


Moira Shire Council encourages all residents to continue to follow the recommendations of the Department of Health and remind residents that Japanese Encephalitis vaccination does not provide protection against other mosquito borne disease. 




Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance (IDEAS)

The Victorian Government Department of Health website includes the Blue Book (Guidelines for the control of infectious diseases), along with various other fact sheets, guidelines, standards and legislation for the investigation, control and prevention of infectious diseases in a range of settings.

Detailed surveillance reports are available on the Department of Health website (updated daily), along with requirements and methods for notifying diseases.


Information on Mosquito Borne Diseases & Mosquito Control

Don't Wing It - mosquito borne diseases

Mosquito control


Water quality testing

We monitor water quality in public swimming pools and investigate incidences of infectious disease.

For more information, please give us a call on 5871 9222.