When to take your child to hospital

The decision to take your child to hospital is difficult and this post attempts to help the parent who is unsure. Those symptoms such as cough, fever, or vomiting are common but occasionally may herald the onset of a more serious condition.

Influenza Vaccination

Influenza is recommended for all children over 6 months. It is free for those with chronic medical conditions such as severe asthma. This year there is a new Quadrivalent vaccine - which covers an extra 'b' strain. 1500 children under 5 are hospitalised each year in Australia from influenza which is entirely preventable.

Scheduled Vaccines

You will find the full immunisation schedule - 2 & 4 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months, 18 Months Chicken Pox Vaccine, Pneumococcus, Prevenar here.

Meningococcal B Vaccine - Bexsero

How common is it ?  Meningococcal disease involves not only meningitis, but also invasive diseases such as septicaemia (blood poisoning). At present there are around 200 cases of meningococcal disease each year in Australia and 10% will die.…

Vaccination, How it Works.

Immunisation is highly complex. This post helps to demystify the immune system, helping to understand immunisation.

Vaccination Discussion

Despite the progress over the last 20 years we still have a long way to go when it comes to immunisation. Currently there is research into vaccination for all sorts of illnesses and infections such as malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV and…