The Immunise Australia Program funds vaccines for Children, Older Australians, ATSI people, pregnant women and those at medical risk.
Immunisation not only protects you and your child from a range of harmful diseases, but offers vital benefits for the long-term health of the community.
When you vaccinate against the infectious diseases on the National immunisation program you’ll help to reduce the chance of contracting these vaccine preventable diseases, many of which spread quickly and easily. You’ll also be helping to reduce the presence of infectious symptoms in the wider population – contributing to a ‘community immunity’ that over time dramatically reduces the chances of a disease outbreak.
Childhood vaccines are given at 2, 4, 6, 12, 18months and 4 years. Children are then offered immunisation again in Year 8 either by a nurse visiting the school or the child may choose to have immunisations with their GP.
Some vaccination such as the rotavirus vaccine are only able to be given be before certain ages. Not having your child vaccinated on time not only puts your child at risk and may impact your Centrelink family payments.
Whooping Cough (pertussis) is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. The disease causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting, which can last for several months and can be particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months.
Whooping cough vaccine is given with the routine childhood vaccines. It is recommended that all pregnant women receive the vaccine in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy and is provided free. It is also recommended that all people likely to have contact with a new baby be vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the birth. For this you will need to see your GP for a prescription.
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