Hepatitis A-adults & Junior:
Hepatitis is a condition which can be caused by a viral infection and there are different varieties (A,B,C,D and E) of this virus which can give different symptoms. The Hepatitis A vaccine protects against the Hepatitis A virus.
This vaccination is recommended for
- Any child aged 12 months and over,
- People who are at high risk for contracting the virus (e.g in their occupation/workplace)
- If you are travelling to particular countries.
The vaccination is a single disease vaccine. First, as two shots, then another two shots need to be given 6 months later.
An important note for international travellers. Any child 12 months or older who are travelling overseas, should consider their first shot of Hepatitis A to be taken prior to travel. People who have conditions such as chronic liver disease, older adults, immunocompromised people or other chronic medical conditions, should consider taking an additional shot of Immune Globulin (IG) if they are travelling within 2 weeks.
Hepatitis B protects against the Hepatitis B virus and is the best way to prevent contracting the hepatitis B. It is an effective and safe vaccine which is normally given as 3-4 shots over a period of 6 months. For any adult who is at risk of contracting hepatitis B or someone who wishes to be vaccinated should consult their health professional to discuss the series of vaccines.
The herpes zoster virus (more commonly known as shingles) is a skin rash that can be quite painful and only develops on one side of the body or a very limited area. As age increases the risk of shingles and long-term pain also increases. The Zostavax is a vaccine against shingles and will ultimately reduce the risk of developing this disease and the pain that comes with it.
This vaccination is a one-time only vaccination with no maximum age for getting the shingle vaccine. So if you are 60 years of age and older, you should highly consider getting the shingles vaccine in order to prevent contracting the disease.
It is important to note that there is a period of about 5 years where protection from the shingles vaccine occurs. So if a person is vaccinated before the age of 60 then they may not be protected from the virus in the later years when the risk of getting the disease is higher and the complications are worse. If an adult is vaccinated at 60 years or older this protection from the vaccine decreases in the first 5 years and so will reduce the risk of getting shingles.
Zostavax has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and as of 1 November 2016 the Zostavax vaccine will be provided free of charge to people aged 70 years, subject to supply of vaccine. There will also be a 5 year catch up program to be provided for people aged 71-79 years.
Flu-Vaccine (Influenza virus): 3 Strand – $10.00; 4 Strand – $20.00; Over 65 years old – FREE
This is a highly contagious viral infection which usually has outbreaks in winter and is the primary cause for outbreaks of illnesses affecting the respiratory system, all around the world. It is different to the common cold as this virus can potentially be life threatening and is chiefly responsible for such diseases as pneumonia and bronchitis which often require hospitalization.
For any person aged 6months and older, who wish to reduce the risk of contracting this virus should receive the seasonal influenza vaccinations annually.
Yellow Fever: $110.00 – Must book with Dr. Mario Soteriou
If you are travelling to Africa, the Caribbean, Central or South America, you should be aware of the risk of yellow fever virus transmission and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from infection. This fact sheet covers: background; occurrence; vaccination requirement for travel; treatment; avoidance; quarantine measures; yellow fever vaccination certificate.
MMR: Is a new combination vaccine including Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.
Adacel Polio: This vaccine helps prevent whooping cough, tetanus, polio and diphtheria
Typhoid fever is caused by a bacterium called salmonella typhi which can be passed through food or water that is contaminated. Although Typhim VI is the vaccine that is used to help prevent this disease it is very important that in regions or countries who are considered high risk, that you are very careful with food, water and personal hygiene. Typhim VI can be given to anyone which is 2 years of age and older.
For more information typhoid fever, please speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Boostrix vaccine is Free for pregnant woman from 28 Weeks.
Boostrix Vaccine is made up of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (Whooping Cough) these are diseases are Highly contagious, and especially serious in babies during the first 5 months. Over 70% of cases, newborn babies catch whooping cough from parents or other close family member. If you are pregnant or know someone that is having a baby, remember to immunisation yourself.