Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of providing protection for your child against a range of diseases including tetanus, whooping cough, measles and Hepatitis B. The benefits of vaccinations outweigh any risks of vaccinations, which are usually mild and self limiting such as mild fever following vaccination. Our registered practice nurses, Maureen and Bronwyn, are skilled at childhood vaccination, and patients are able to book in directly for a Practice Nurse immunisation consultation on (02) 9955 5566. Alternatively, you can book in with one of our doctors through our online booking system to discuss any concerns you have with your child or undergo a developmental screen prior to our Nurse giving your child’s vaccinations.
There are few medical reasons to delay vaccination. If a child has a temperature over 38 degrees, the immunisation should be postponed until the child is recovered.
An important feature of immunisation is that it brings benefits not only for the individual but also for the whole community by a concept known as herd immunity. If enough people in a community are immunised, the infection will not be able to spread.
The National Immunisation Program Schedule is updated regularly and is available online at www.immunise.health.gov.au. In addition to scheduled vaccinations, Walker Street Doctors also has Meningococcal B vaccinations (Bexsero) and travel vaccinations for children, on request.
If your child is incompletely vaccinated, a Catch up Program can be individualised for your child through www.immunisationcalculator.sahealth.sa.gov.au