Making sure your child is immunised is one of the single most important things you can do to protect their health and wellbeing. It also means you are protecting others who may not yet have developed immunity to a particular illness or illnesses.
Over the last decades Australian vaccination programs helped largely eradicate a range of dangerous illnesses such as polio and rubella. But that doesn’t mean we no longer need to be vigilant. Immunisation rates in this region have fallen recently and these illnesses are becoming more common. This is particularly risky due to increased rates of travel to and from neighbouring countries where the diseases are still widespread.
It’s also important to ensure that your child is immunised on time. Getting your child the right vaccinations at the right times is not always easy but it is important. Following the immunisation schedule carefully ensures your child has the best possible protection against serious illnesses.
Some vaccinations must be completed before a certain age or else they can't be given (e.g. rotavirus) and failing to receive follow up boosters at the right time can mean your child may not build lasting immunity to that illness.
Check out the links on the right for information about what to do and when or speak to your GP.
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