Childhood immunisation is the best way to protect your child from certain diseases that until a generation ago could cause severe illness, disability and sometimes death. It is safe, simple and effective with modern vaccines undergoing thorough testing and ongoing monitoring. The very real risks with contracting these diseases are significantly greater than the very small risks of immunisation. Through the implementation of vaccination programs worldwide, it is estimated over three million lives are saved each year. Smallpox has been eradicated and polio is rapidly disappearing as threat to children and adults alike.
The side effects from immunisation are generally very minor and can include redness around the vaccination site and mild fever. It is very rare that children experience more pronounced reactions, however, if this does occur, immediately consult your doctor.
Keeping your child’s immunisation schedule up to date is essential to ensure that she or he is protected. For more information about the childhood immunisation schedule, consult your doctor or go to https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-immunisation-program
Australia’s childhood immunisation schedule which available at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre includes protect from:
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal C
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
- Polio (Poliomyelitis)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)