We provide all Paediatric vaccinations that are listed in the National Immunisation Schedule: www.immunise.health.gov.au
Currently babies are immunised against Hepatitis B at the hospital on the day of their birth. They then have vaccinations at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months and then at 12 months, 18 month and 4 years of age.
Adolescents receive vaccinations primarily via their schools but catch up vaccinations can occur at the surgery.
In Australia, epidemics occur every 3 to 4 years. In 2011, 38 732 cases were reported nationally. Adults are at risk as they often have not been vaccinated since childhood against whooping cough.
In Queensland, the whooping cough vaccine is free for pregnant women. It can be given at any time in the third trimester up to delivery, ideally between 20 and 32 weeks. Boosting mum's immunity helps to protect their newborn baby until they are old enough to receive a whooping cough vaccination from six weeks of age.
Immunity decreases over time and vaccination is needed each year to ensure you continue to be protected. Vaccination is recommended in autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts.
Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus, which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. Even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season. The flu vaccine is now provided free to all at high risk from influenza such as people over 65, pregnant women, diabetics, asthmatics and others with chronic medical illnesses.
People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is given against this. It is given earlier to high-risk groups
Shingles (Chicken Pox)
The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Girls are now able to receive the vaccine against cervical cancer at 12 via school. This Australian discovery is being used around the world and recent data confirms its success in significantly lowering pre-cancer changes the past 4 years since its introduction.
Yellow Fever is a disease that is subject to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) On 15 December 2007 new requirements outlined by the WHO came into force and clinics in Australia are now required to use the "International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis" and an Australian Government Approved stamp which includes a registration number unique to the clinic that administers the vaccination.
North Shore Medical Centre is an accredited Yellow Fever vaccination provider. This immunization is compulsory for travellers visiting some part of Africa and South America.