Immunisations and Vaccinations
Immunisation is important to improve your body’s immune system and protect you against many infectious diseases. Prevention is always better than a cure, and Cooloola Coast General Practice can provide all of your immunisation needs throughout every stage of life.
It is important that you visit one of our Doctors at least eight weeks before travelling overseas so that you are vaccinated against illnesses you may encounter. We will discuss your personal travel plans to make sure you have the correct vaccinations, and that you are up-to-date with any booster doses of childhood vaccinations. Remember that some vaccines require more than one dose and may take several weeks to take effect.
Cooloola Coast General Practice is a Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
Influenza is caused by a virus so that means that antibiotics won’t help if you catch it. It also means that the only way to effectively combat influenza is to have an annual “Flu” vaccination. Some Patients are eligible for the free Government Flu Vaccine.
The free Government Flu Vaccine is available to:
- People suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma
- Pregnant women
- People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background
- People over 65
Necessary Vaccinations for all Australians
Immunisations are particularly vital for your child’s health, and it is important for them to be vaccinated under the Australian Immunisation Schedule. As at 1 July 2013 this includes:
- Birth Hepatitis B (hepB)
- 2 months, 4 months, 6 months Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Inactive Poliomyelitis (Polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV), Pneumococcal Conjugate (13vPCV), Rotavirus
- 18 months Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (Chickenpox) (MMRV)
- 4 years Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and Inactivated Poliomyelitis (Polio) (DTPa-IPV), Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (to be given only if MMRV vaccine was not given at 18 months
- 10 – 15 years Hepatitis B (hepB), Varicella (Chickenpox), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Diphtheria, Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough) (dTpa)
Additional vaccinations are necessary for those classified as “at risk” including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pregnant women, people suffering from chronic illness, and everyone over 65 years of age.