Children’s Immunisation Gold Coast
Previously the issues surrounding Gold Coast children’s immunisation have been quite contentious and has left some parents unsure whether or not to have their children vaccinated.
However, today, with more and more parents understanding the reasons why children’s immunisation is so necessary, over 92% of all Australian children aged two and under have been fully vaccinated.
Here at Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach, we fully support both the Department of Health National Immunisation Program Schedule and the Gold Coast Health – Children’s Immunisation Programs. Furthermore, we firmly believe; that today’s modern vaccines provide the highest levels of protection against an increasing number of diseases, disabilities, and deaths that occur from them.
We also believe that when it comes to deciding on children’s immunisation, it should be treated as a partnership between the parents and our team of highly experienced GP’s and that both sides should thoroughly address any questions or concerns.
Things you need to know about Gold Coast children’s immunisation
Part of the reason why some parents may have been against the idea of children’s immunisation is that they have been unsure of all of the facts.
1. How children’s immunisation works
Immunisation refers to the process of both getting the vaccine and being immune to the disease following the vaccination. In other words, immunisation prepares the bodies to fight severe infections that might happen in the future. Young babies and small children are particularly vulnerable to infections, so they need to be protected as early as possible.
It’s much safer for their immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the disease and then trying to treat it. Once the child’s immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect them for many years, hence why it’s so essential to complete their children’s immunisation programme.
2. What can happen when a child isn’t immunised
Due to the large number of children’s immunisations taking place here on the Gold Coast and throughout Australia over the past couple of decades, many serious childhood infectious diseases such as diphtheria, polio or tetanus have been vastly reduced or eradicated.
However, unless immunisation among children remains high, many of these serious infectious diseases could return from parts of the world where they still exist. If this should happen, then there is a chance that children living here in Australia who have not been immunised are at risk of these infections, complications, and even death.
3. Why vaccines for children are safe
All vaccines used for children’s immunisation are thoroughly tested to ensure they will not harm you or your child. Under current government rules, all vaccines in Australia must pass stringent safety testing before being approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods.
Typically because of the stringent safety measures that are put in place, it can take several years for a vaccine to make it through the trials and tests before it’s passed for approval. Then once they are in use, the vaccines are continually monitored by the TGA and other regulatory organisations.
4. When should babies and children start their immunisation program?
Because young children need several vaccines to protect them from infections, the National Immunisation Program Schedule suggests vaccines should be administered to babies and children at different ages.
Routine immunisation for babies begins at birth with Hepatitis B (typically given in hospital), followed up with additional vaccines at the age of two months, four months, six months, 12 months, 18 months, and then at four years old. For their total protection, it is essential to complete their immunisation programme.
5. How do children receive their vaccinations?
Typically most vaccines are given to a baby or child as an injection. They get each rotavirus vaccine by the mouth, and most children get their flu vaccine by nose unless it is not safe.
6. Possible side effects of vaccination
Typically any side effects are mild and are unlikely to last for long. The most common of these include the area where the needle goes in looking red, swollen, and feeling a bit sore for 2 to 3 days.
Babies or young children can feel a little unwell or develop a high temperature for 1 or 2 days afterwards. Some children might also cry and be upset immediately after the injection, which is normal. However, they should feel better after a cuddle – after all, who does feel better after a cuddle.
What do we know about Gold Coast children’s immunisation?
Well, we do know that as a result of being vaccinated;
- Children are protected from many serious and potentially deadly diseases.
- All vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced, and they’re also constantly monitored for side effects after being introduced.
- Sometimes they can cause mild side effects that will not last long, and some children may feel a bit unwell and have a sore arm for 2 or 3 days.
And we also know that vaccines don’t:
- Don’t cause autism – studies have found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
- Will not overload or weaken the immune system, and it’s safe to give children several vaccines at a time, as this reduces the number of injections they need.
- Unlikely to cause allergies or any other conditions – all the current evidence tells us that vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating.
Children’s Immunisation Gold Coast
Children’ immunisation is so important as it protects children from serious and often life-threatening diseases. It also goes some way to safeguard the community at large by minimising the spread of disease.
For the best protection, children’s immunisation needs to occur on time. ‘On time’ means on (or as close as possible to) the due date in accordance with the National immunisation program schedule Queensland. The schedule outlines the ages at which children should be vaccinated to get the earliest and best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Don’t forget to bring your child’s ‘Red Book’ on the day of your vaccine appointment.
On the day of the vaccine appointment, you need to remember to bring your child’s Personal Health Record (PHR) or ‘red book’ with you so that their vaccination can be recorded accurately. You should allow up to one week for these details to be uploaded onto the Australian Immunisation Register.
The Oasis Medical Centre
Here at the Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach, we aim to keep all babies and small children throughout the Gold Coast fully protected and safe.
Open from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and then 9.00 am until 8.00 pm on Thursday. We offer same-day appointments to patients throughout the Gold Coast and surrounding regions, including Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Waters, Clear Island Waters, and those at Surfers Paradise and beyond.
To learn more about the Gold Coast children’s immunisation services we offer here at the Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach or to book an appointment, call our friendly reception staff on 07 5641 1527 or go online if you’re an existing patient.