Immunisations and vaccinations

 

 

 

 

 

Vaccination and immunity

Vaccines are an effective way to protect people against serious diseases that can cause illness, severe disability or even death, and minimises the spread within the community. Immunisation is achieved after getting a vaccine, which is either injected or taken via an oral dose, and the individual becoming immune to the disease.

Childhood checks and immunisations

  • 6-week check and immunisation
  • 4-month check and immunisation
  • 6-month check and immunisation
  • 12-month check and immunisation
  • 18-month check and immunisation
  • 4-year check and immunisation

Booster

A booster is an extra dose of a vaccine that you’ve had before. It ‘boosts’ the immune system. Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) all need booster doses.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Both AstraZenica and Pfizer vaccinations are available at our practice. Please book online.

Influenza vaccination

The flu vaccination is recommended for people with certain underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of serious influenza disease and complications.

Annual influenza immunisation is free through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) if aged six months to five years old or over sixty-five or have a medical condition that increases the likelihood of getting severe influenza.

Adult immunisation – influenza, pneumococcus and shingles

Vaccination for adults is just as important as it is for children.

Polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella) and hepatitis B are part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule and generally adults won’t need boosters. Talk to your GP though, if these weren’t available during your childhood or you’re not sure whether you received them.

It is recommended to have the shingles vaccine if you are aged between 70 and 80 years and if you don’t have contraindications to this vaccination.

Travel immunisation

When travelling overseas, don’t risk getting sick from infectious diseases or other health conditions.

Before you go, talk to your GP re which vaccinations and other preventative measures are appropriate for your destination.

Common vaccinations are against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, cholera, chickenpox (varicella), typhoid, yellow fever, tuberculosis TB), Japanese encephalitis, meningococcal disease, measles, influenza (flu), tetanus and rabies.

Q fever vaccinations

Q fever is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. C. burnetii infects wild and domestic animals and humans are mainly infected from cattle, sheep and goats.

Q fever vaccine is recommended for people aged ≥15 years and adults who are at risk of infection with C. burnetii.