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.

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

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. The highest incidence are those under 5 years (about 50 – 60 cases per year) and those […]

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

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 even cancers. But in some ways eradication of illnesses that used to be the […]

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