Immunisation and Vaccines
Effective immunisation programs throughout the world have helped prevent an estimated 2-3 million deaths each year, from diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, rotavirus and diphtheria (Source: World Health Organisation). Improved living conditions, along with our Australian National Immunisation Program have effectively controlled, and in some cases eradicated, previously common and deadly infectious diseases.
Immunisations (vaccinations) are designed to stimulate the body's immune system to prevent people from contracting a circulating infectious disease. Even if the vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing the onset of the disease (e.g. the chickenpox vaccine), the resulting illness will be much less severe, and less likely to result in complications. Vaccines have been specifically designed to generate the same immune response that is normally achieved after a natural infection. The benefit of vaccines over acquiring the natural disease is the significantly lower risk of adverse outcomes. Serious side effects to vaccines are extremely rare.
Australia's National Immunisation Program outlines a routine vaccination schedule for children, and recommended booster vaccinations for adolescences and adults. These routine vaccines protect against infectious diseases including, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, pneumococcal, meningococcal C and haemophilus bacteria, rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella chickenpox and HPV. They are provided free to Medicare Card holders according to the schedule. For more information on the National Immunisation Program and recommended schedule visit the Immunise Australia Program website at http://www.immunise.health.gov.au
For those travelling overseas, additional vaccinations may be recommended to protect you from diseases such as rabies, yellow fever, typhoid fever, hepatitis A, Japanese Encaphalitis, and meningitis.
Globe Medical's travel medicine doctors are nationally recognised for their knowledge and experience. Our clinic stocks all travel related immunisations on-site, and is an approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. For more information about Globe Medical's services in Travel Medicine, visit our Travel Medicine clinical centre.
How We Care
Getting your child's routine immunisations can be a daunting experience - often more so for the parents than the child. Our doctors and nurses at Globe Medical understand a parent's anxiety around the immunisation process. Many of our doctors and nurses have been through the same experience with their own children. We aim to provide parents with evidence-based information and advice about the benefits versus risks of immunisation. Our doctors are trained and experienced at providing immunisations to children, and do their best to make the process as non-traumatic as possible. For the added convenience of our patients, our practice nurses are also immunisation accredited providers.
Globe Medical provides all routine childhood immunisation specified on the National Immunisation Schedule free-of-charge to Medicare card holders. Our doctors and nurses will record every childhood immunisation in your child's Blue Book, and update their vaccination history on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register for all children under the age of 20 years.
If your child is not covered by Medicare, but you would still like your child to be vaccinated as per the Australian National Immunisation Schedule, you can purchase all childhood immunisations from Globe Medical. If your child was born or spent some of their childhood overseas, it is important to bring any records you have to the visit, as scheduled vaccines differ between countries. Our doctors will offer "catch-up" vaccines so that your child is vaccinated according to the Australian recommended vaccination schedule.