Immunisation

Childhood Immunisation

At Victoria Street Medical Group, we vaccinate children from birth to 5 years according to the Victorian Immunisation Schedule – November 2016. All childhood vaccinations are bulk-billed for Australian medicare card holders. It is advised that you bring your child’s vaccination book (green)  – the doctor will record vaccinations given on the day . This is important to maintain up to date and accurate documentation. After the Immunisation shots have been given, it is recommended that you and your baby remain in the surgery for a further 15min to allow observation.

Adult Immunisation – Immunisations below are provided at Victoria Street Medical Group free of charge (eligible medicare card holders)

BOOSTRIX (booster for Diptheria/whooping cough/tetanus)

  • Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy
  • Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last ten years
  • Parents/guardians of babies born on or after the 1st June 2015, if their baby is under 6 months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last ten years

ADT (diptheria and tetanus booster)

  • 50 to 59 years of age (inclusive) a single booster dose

MMR II or PRIORIX (for measles, mumps and rubella)

  •  Women planning pregnancy and post partum with low or negative rubella antibody

FLUVAX ( flu prevention)

  • For 65 years onwards annually

PNEUMOCOCCAL 23V ( for prevention of pneumonia)

  • Single dose for 65 years +

ZOSTAVAX ( For prevention of Shingles)

  • Single dose for 70 years +

Benefits of immunisation

Immunisation is one of the best ways you can protect yourself, your children and future generations from infectious diseases. In other words, if you vaccinate, you help wipe out disease that could spread now and into the future.

By making sure you and your family are fully vaccinated (this means following the National Immunisation Program schedule set by the Australian Government), you are not only looking after your own family but also protecting vulnerable people in your community.

And you are also helping to wipe out these infectious diseases altogether. That is, the more people who vaccinate, and thus the fewer people who are infected, the less widely can a disease spread.

Immunisation saves lives. As recently as the 1950s, thousands of children died every year from diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). Luckily, it is rare for anyone in Australia to die from these infectious diseases now, thanks to the major vaccination programs introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, which continue today.

If you have any questions about immunisation, please ask your doctor while visiting Victoria Street Medical Group.