Childhood immunisations are available by booking an appointment with the nurse. Some immunisations do require a Doctor's appointment.
Combined measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox vaccine is now scheduled at 18 months. There is also an extra Diphtheria/tetanus/whooping cough vaccination at this time.
Pneumococcal vaccine. The pneumococcus bacterium is one of the most common cause of middle ear infection, pneumonia and meningitis in children. The vaccine covers many strains of pneumococcus and is now free for 2, 4 and 6 month old babies. A pneumococcal vaccine is also available for adults at 65 years of age or to any adult with significant health conditions, including diabetes and cardiac lung disease.
Meningococcal C vaccine is available free for children aged 1 to 5 years.
Boostrix. Another vaccine recommended for all young adults is a whooping cough booster combined with tetanus and diphtheria booster (Boostrix). The majority of cases of childhood pertussis (whooping cough) are contracted from an infected adult relative or friend. To combat the problem of the low level of adult immunity to pertussis a shot of Boostrix in Year 7 is provided at the scheduled school program.
Hepatitis A and B. We also recommend that all children be vaccinated against Hepatitis B before adolescence. Hepatitis B is highly infectious and is transmitted by contact with infected blood or saliva and can be transmitted sexually in adults. Hepatitis B vaccination has been included in the infant immunisation schedule since May 2000, If your child was immunised prior to this date, a course of 2 Hepatitis B shots over a 6 month period is provided at the scheduled school program.
Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine. This vaccine will prevent up to 70% of cases of cervical cancer. This is also provided on the scheduled school program, otherwise it is available on prescription.
The National Immunisation Program Schedule is available here- Immunisation Schedule
We are able to give Year 7 vaccinations if they have been missed at school.
To find out more about healthy travel, vaccinations and health alerts, visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/health.html You will also find information on travelling with Medications and how to get help overseas.
The Sharp Street Surgery holds a comprehensive stock of travel vaccines.
Adult diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Measles, mumps and rubella
Both Hepatitis A & B individually or combined (Twinrix)
Mencevax provides short term protection against various strains of meningococcal disease.
Please make an appointment with your doctor at least a month prior to your departure to any tropical or third world country. This will allow enough time to plan an appropriate vaccine schedule, as well as provide advice about avoiding malaria, cholera and common sexually transmitted diseases such a HIV/AIDS.
Due to Medicare Regulations, cover for "Overseas Travel" does not qualify for a Medicare Rebate.
A free Shingles Vaccination is now available for people from 70 to 79 years of age. You CANNOT have this vaccination if:
- You have had Shingles in the last 12 months
- Have ever had Varicella Vaccination (chicken pox)
- On high doses of steroids
- If taking Methotrexate, Leflunomide or Azathioprine
A Once Only vaccination is needed.
The 2017 flu shot is now available.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications:
- People aged 65 and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait people between 6 months and under 5 years of age
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
Phone the surgery for inclusion in one of our flu clinics
Private vaccines are also available .
The Surgery does not offer Yellow Fever or Q Fever Vaccinations