Immunisations explained. When? Why?
Immunisations are a safe and effective way of protecting us against the most serious infections before we come in contact with them in the community.
Immunisations not only protects your child/ yourself, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of diseases.
We at Tyner rd Medical Centre take care of all your immunisations, as we record them & also remind you when your next one is due.
We also offer a range of travel vaccines – Please book an appointment to discuss with the Doctor, which ones are appropriate for the areas you are travelling in.
- Boostrix (Whooping Cough, Tetanus and Diphtheria)
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib)
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles)
- Meningococcal C
- Typhoid, Hep A, & Influenza (Flu)
Immunisations & Young Children
In the first months of life, a baby is protected from some infectious diseases by antibodies transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy. When these antibodies wear off, the baby is at risk of serious infection. Most childhood immunisations are given as an injection in the arm or leg, except Rotavirus which is administered orally. Vaccines may protect against one specific disease, or a combination of antigens from several diseases may be administered in the same vaccine. This can help reduce the number of injections your child may need to have.
The current childhood schedule for Victoria is as follows:
- Vaccines: 6 weeks old, 4 months old and at 6 months old
- Immunisations: 12 months, 18 months and at 4 years old
We also provide high school vaccinations for years 7-10.
If your Child hasn't had their vaccinations for the scheduled ages, please book an appointment with your Doctor to discuss a catch up program.
Victorian Childhood Immunisation Schedule
The Victorian childhood immunisation schedule outlines the vaccines that are routinely provided free of charge to all Victorian children under the National Immunisation Program and the age at which each should be given.
This information is available from the Department of Health website: www.immunise.health.gov.au