We provide all childhood vaccinations that are free to holders of Medicare cards.
The Practice Nurses at the medical centre are immunisation accredited providers and continually attend update courses on the changing paediatric vaccination schedule.
Currently babies are immunised against Hepatitis B at the hospital on the day of their birth. They then have vaccinations at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months and then at 12 months, 18 months and 4 years of age.
Adolescents receive vaccinations primarily via their schools but catch up vaccinations can occur at the medical centre.
Pneumococcal Disease is the name of a range of illnesses caused by bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can cause blood and brain infections such as meningitis.
*NOTE: Children aged between 12 and 35 months who were immunised for pneumococcal disease before the enhanced vaccine Prevenar 13 became available in July 2011, may be eligible fo a one off, free supplementary dose of the new vaccine between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012.
Currently Australia and NSW, in particular, is experiencing an epidemic of Whooping Cough, with over 4000 cases diagnosed in this state in 2011. Adults are at risk as often they have not been vaccinated since childhood against Whooping Cough.
Sadly babies have died from Whooping Cough in Australia and NSW in the past year.
The Government is providing free vaccination against Whooping Cough for new parents and foster parents. We are advising other adults who have not been vaccinated against Whooping Cough within the past 8-10 years to be vaccinated.
Immunity decreases over time and vaccination is needed each year to ensure you continue to be protected. Vaccination is recommended in autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts.
Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. The 2012 season flu vaccine protects against the same strains as the 2011 vaccine as they remain the most likely to occur here this winter. While the vaccine is the same, it is still important to be vaccinated again this year.
Even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season.
The 2012 flu vaccine is now provided free to all at high risk from influenza such as people over 65, pregnant women, diabetics, asthmatics, and others with chronic medical illnesses.
Measles immunity is often low in the 19 to 32 year old age group and measles outbreaks have occurred often from people travelling from overseas. It is advisable to update measles vaccination if in this age group or immunity can be determined by a simple blood test.
Rubella immunity also often decreases and is a special risk to pregnant women. Immunity is checked and vaccination provided to non immune women prior pregnancy After vaccination pregnancy must be avoided for one month as it is a live vaccine.
Immunity to Chickenpox is also important pre-pregnancy. Children now receive this vaccine at 18 months of age but many adults are non immune and if this is confirmed by a blood test, 2 injections are given over a 2 month period.
People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is given against this. It is given earlier for high risk groups.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Girls are now able to receive the vaccine against cervical cancer at 12 years old via the school. The Government is also currently considering providing the vaccine for boys. This Australian discovery is being used around the world and recent data confirms its success in significantly lowering pre-cancer changes the past 4 years since its introduction.
Toormina Medical Centre
|Monday – Friday||7:30am – 6.30pm|
|Saturday||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Sunday||9:00am – 11:00am|
Sawtell Medical Centre
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Emergency Clinic at Toormina Medical only Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm & Sunday 9:00am – 11:00am