Immunisation

Immunisation protects individuals and others in the community by increasing the general level of immunity and minimising the spread of infection. It uses the body's natural defence mechanism — the immune response — to build resistance to specific infections.

The following diseases, which can cause serious complications and sometimes death, can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Poliomyelitis (Polio)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal C
  • Pneumococcal
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Rotavirus

Immunisation is generally given as an injection, although an oral vaccine is given for Rotavirus.

Immunisation sessions are at various times and locations throughout the City of Stonnington. Please refer to the immunisation timetable for details or contact us on 8290 1333.

The sessions offer free childhood vaccinations, as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council Immunisation Program, and some user-pay vaccines that are not currently funded by the Australian Government.

The Department of Health recommends that everyone receiving a vaccination is observed for 15 minutes afterwards.

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Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)