Vaccinations & Immunisation
PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE AGAINST DISEASES
Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Immunisation is the process of obtaining immunity to a disease through the administration of a vaccine. It works by triggering your immune system’s memory to fight against vaccine preventable diseases.
If you are exposed in the future, your immune system is better able to respond to these diseases if you have been vaccinated. Immunisation stops the disease from developing or can reduce the severity of the disease by using the body’s natural defence mechanism (the immune response) to build resistance to specific infections.
Immunisation helps people stay healthy by preventing serious infection.
Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over. The following groups are eligible for free influenza vaccines due to their increased risk of complications:
- all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age;
- pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (influenza and whooping cough vaccination can be given at the same time OR at different times during pregnancy);
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over;
- individuals aged 6 months to under 65 years with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (for a full list please visit NCIRS Influenza Vaccines Fact Sheet).
All other patients can purchase a flu vaccine directly. Please contact us to check for availability and cost.
An SMS reminder will be sent out to Medsana Medical Clinic patients before the peak influenza season annually.
If you travel outside Australia, you may get sick from a number of diseases that vaccination can prevent.
There is no standard immunisation schedule that will suit all travellers. Different countries have different vaccination requirements. The recommended vaccines for travelling depend on a number of factors, including:
- your age
- pregnancy or planning pregnancy
- underlying medical conditions
- vaccination history
- season of travel
We recommend that you consult with your doctor at least 12 weeks before leaving the country to discuss what vaccines you may need for your trip. You might need several doses of a particular vaccine. You might also need time after immunisation for your body to develop full immunity.