Immunisation from an early age is highly recommended for all Australian children. Having your child immunised helps to protect them from the most serious childhood infections, some of which may threaten their lives.
Routine childhood immunisations help to protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal C disease, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
Our clinic at Top Health Doctors helps deliver the National Immunisation Program recommended for all children in Australia. Some groups are more at risk than others in the community and may need additional vaccinations.
In addition, failure to comply with the National Immunisation Program for your child may affect your Child Care Benefit, Family Tax Benefit and other benefits from the government.
Immunisation and young children
In the first months of life, a baby might have some protection from a specific infectious disease but only if the mother has had that infectious disease or has been immunised. This is known as passive immunity and occurs when antibodies are transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy.
The level of antibody protection for the baby can be low and wears off quickly and this puts them at risk of diseases that can be prevented with vaccination.
Most childhood immunisations are given as an injection in the arm or leg, except rotavirus vaccine, which is administered by mouth.
A vaccination dose may contain a vaccine against one specific disease or provide immunity for several diseases, if a number of vaccines are combined in the same injection. This helps to reduce the number of injections your child needs.
Please make an appointment to see one of our doctors for all your child’s immunisation needs including:
- Childhood Immunisation
- Baby Well – Being checks
- School-based catch up immunisation
For further information regarding the your child’s Childhood Immunisation, Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and enquiry about your child’s overseas vaccinations, please click here.
The Queensland Immunisation Program Schedule