Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
The following groups are eligible for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine:
- Any patient with age of 65 years and over
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
- Indigenous people 15 years of age and over
- Any patient with 6 months of age and over with a chronic condition predisposing to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation such as:
- cardiac disease
- impaired immunity
- kidney disease
- neuromuscular disease
- respiratory disease including severe asthmatics
Pneumococcal disease is the name of a range of illnesses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can cause blood and brain infections such as meningitis. We provide the vaccination for pneumococcal at our medical centre.
Pertussis Vaccination and illness – Whooping Cough
Whooping cough or Pertussis rates in Australia in 2011 reached a 20-year high with over 38,500 cases being diagnosed.
Complications of whooping cough has led to a change in the immunisation schedule with infants being vaccinated at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months.
We strongly recommend that all new parents continue to receive the Pertussis vaccine, as should all adults, such as grandparents and carers, who will be in close contact with the infants.
It is an inactive vaccine with few side effects and is free for all children and adolescents with Medicare cards and approximately $45 privately.
It is ideal if women become vaccinated pre-pregnancy to provide immunity to their babies in the 6-week period pre-routine vaccinations which is the highest risk time. Immunity increases after the second vaccination at 4 months.
Measles immunity is often low in the 19 to 32-year-old age group and measles outbreaks have occurred often from people travelling from overseas. It is advisable to update measles vaccination if in this age group or immunity can be determined by a simple blood test.
Rubella immunity also often decreases and is a special risk to pregnant women. Immunity is checked and vaccination provided to non-immune women prior to pregnancy. After vaccination pregnancy, must be avoided for one month as it is a live vaccine.
Immunity to chickenpox is also important pre-pregnancy. Children now receive this vaccine at 18 months of age but many adults are non-immune and if this is confirmed by a blood test, 2 injections are given over a 2-month period
People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is given against this. It is given earlier to high risk groups.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Girls are now able to receive the vaccine against cervical cancer at 12 via school. This Australian discovery is being used around the world and recent data confirms its success in significantly lowering pre-cancer changes the past 4 years since its introduction. We provide Vaccination for Cervical cancer at our practice.
Please contact our receptionists to discuss as there may be some additional costs associated with the procedure despite the vaccine itself being supplied free of charge