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 Omega Health Medical Centre 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 the illnesses you may encounter. We will discuss your personal travel plans with you 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 to and may take several weeks to take effect.
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. This is offered free of charge each year to people who are at risk of serious complications if they get influenza. This includes:
- People suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma
- Pregnant women
- People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background
- People aged over 65
The influenza vaccine is available from March each year at Omega Health Medical Centre, and we offer a bulk-billed influenza clinic service.
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:
- Hepatitis B (hepB)
2-months, 4-months, & 6-months old
- Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
- Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV)
4 years old
- 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 old
- 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.
Make an appointment today with one of our GPs by calling (07) 4053 7900.