Immunisations / Vaccination
Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.
Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. It has clearly defined target groups; it can be delivered effectively through outreach activities; and vaccination does not require any major lifestyle change.
Our doctors and nurses deliver a range of immunisation services, including immunisations available on the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
Before attending for immunisation, we recommend the following
- Parents or guardians, please bring your child’s Child Health Record (green book) and any documented evidence of previous vaccinations.
- It’s best to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to the session.
- You will need to stay in the waiting area for at least 15 minutes after your vaccination, in the unlikely event you have a reaction to it.
- If you need additional vaccination doses, a return date will be stamped or written on an Immunisation Record Card.
The Immunisation for Life infographic (pdf) from betterhealth.vic.gov.au shows the factors that are considered when determining your immunisation needs. To download infographic click here.
There are many reasons to get an influenza (flu) vaccine each year, including:
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working age adults, and older adults.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
- Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Everyone aged six months and over should get an annual flu shot. Particularly if you’re in an at-risk group and eligible for free flu vaccination.
The flu vaccination is free for:
- Children aged 6 months to under five years of age
- Pregnant women
- People aged over 65
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (6 months and over)
- People with chronic medical conditions.
The flu shot is now available from DPV Health Medical Centres.
To make an appointment call 1300 234 263 (select option 1 for Medical followed by option 1 for Broadmeadows Medical Centre or option 2 for Mill Park Medical Centre from the menu).
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