All childhood immunisations
It is important for all children in Australia to receive their childhood immunisations. Vaccines are safe and proven to be the best protection for children (and adults) against harmful infections and diseases. They use the body’s natural defense mechanism – the immune system – to build resistance to specific infections. Generally it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to respond fully. Through herd immunity we can protect those unable to be vaccinated due to their age or compromised immune system, eg. cancer treatment.
In the recent years anti vaccination movement, even though small, has had a very loud voice, especially in the social media. We urge all our patients, if they have any concerns or questions to come see their doctor, and not to consult with random people on Facebook who may have alternative motives in mind, (such as selling ‘alternative treatments’) but who do not have the best interest of our patients’ children at heart.
For more information on vaccine safety go to: https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/about-immunisation/are-vaccines-safe
Vaccines for babies and young children are funded under the Department of Health’s National Immunisation Program.
In Australia, babies and children are immunised against the following diseases:
- haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
- hepatitis B
- meningococcal disease
- pneumococcal infection
- polio (poliomyelitis)
- rotavirus (for babies under six months)
- whooping cough (pertussis)
If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding childhood immunisations, please feel free to speak to your doctor. For more information go to: