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Immunisation

Paediatric Vaccinations

We provide all childhood vaccinations that are listed in the National Immunisation Schedule: www.immunise.health.gov.au

Currently babies are immunised against Hepatitis B at the hospital on the day of their birth. They then have vaccinations at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months and then at 12 months, 18 month and 4 years of age.

Adolescents receive vaccinations primarily via their schools but catch up vaccinations can occur at the surgery.

 

Flu Vaccine

Immunity decreases over time and vaccination is needed each year to ensure you continue to be protected. Vaccination is recommended in autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts.

Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus, which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. Even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season. The flu vaccine is now provided free to all at high risk from influenza such as people over 65, pregnant women, diabetics, asthmatics and others with chronic medical illnesses.

Pneumonia

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.