Immunisation protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them. It uses your body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific diseases.
Our doctors and nurses are regularly updated on the recommended immunisations for both children and adults.
We understand you may have many questions surrounding vaccinations, and we also empathise with divergent cultural viewpoints, public opinions and value systems.
We offer a reminder system for all childhood immunisations and some adult immunisations which require multiple visits. Childhood immunisation visits are bulk billed.
You’re not alone in your questions on this topic; below is some important information to put you at ease about vaccinations. If you still have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
How do vaccinations work?
Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight illness. Immunisation uses your body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections.
Immunisation protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them. It uses your body’s natural defences to make antibodies to specific infections. This means that if someone is ever exposed to the actual disease, the antibodies are already in place and the body knows how to combat it, and the person doesn’t get sick.
Will my immune system be weaker by relying on a vaccine?
No, the immune system makes antibodies against a germ, like the chickenpox virus, whether it encounters it naturally or is exposed to it through a vaccine. Being vaccinated against one disease does not weaken the immune response to another disease
Why do I need to immunise my children if all other children in school are immunised?
A child’s chance of catching a disease is low if everyone else is immunised. But your child is also exposed to people other than just those in school. Each child who isn’t immunised gives highly contagious diseases one more chance to spread.
Can getting so many vaccines at one time harm my baby?
It’s only natural to want to protect your baby and not put them under any stress, but babies have much more robust immune systems than you might think, and they can handle far more germs than what they receive from vaccines. The amount of germs in vaccines is just a tiny percentage of the germs babies’ immune systems deal with every day.
The risk of severe reactions is small compared with the health risks associated with the often severe diseases they prevent and do not happen because the baby got several vaccines at once.
Why should my child get a painful shot if vaccines aren’t 100% effective?
Vaccines are one of the most effective weapons we have against disease — they work in 85 – 99 per cent of cases. They significantly reduce your child’s risk of serious illness (particularly when more and more people are vaccinated) and give diseases fewer chances to take hold in a population.
Can immunisations cause bad reactions?
The most common reactions to vaccines are minor and include:
- redness and swelling where the shot was given
- soreness at the site where the shot was given
In rare cases, immunisations can trigger more severe problems, such as seizures or allergic reactions. If you or your child has a history of allergies to food or medicine or has had a problem with a vaccine before, let the doctor know before any vaccines are given. Every year, millions of kids are safely vaccinated, and very few experience severe side effects.
The Australian Government and the Office of Health Protection are responsible for managing immunisation programs and policies according to the Government’s preventive health framework. The key priorities of the OHP are to:
- implement the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
- make sure essential vaccines for the NIP are available
- develop immunisation policy
- provide technical advice on immunisation
- liaise with the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) on the use of vaccines
Feel free to talk with one of our doctors about any immunisation questions you have and what is right for you and your family. Working together, you can help keep your family healthy