Vaccinations

This is not a debate between antivax and vaccinating parents but simply some information about what vaccines are on the WA schedule. WA is currently under the no jab no pay policy but there is exceptions for medical reasons. Herd immunity is how we protect those that are unable to vaccinated. Vaccines are designed to help the body create antibodies to these diseases so if you come into contact with someone who is sick with any of these diseases, it will help prevent contracting the disease or lessen the impact the disease will have on the body. Some vaccines are live which means the child can be contagious for a set amount of time, but most vaccines contain dead cells of the virus it is protecting against.

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Vaccination Preperation

Birth

- Hepatitis B

6-8 Weeks

- Pneumococcal

- Rotavirus

- DTPa-IPV-Hep B-Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzae type b)

6 Months

- Pneumococcal

- Rotavirus

- DTPa-IPV-Hep B-Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzae type b)

12 Months

- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

- Meningococcal ABWY

- Pneumococcal (at risk children only)

- Hib and Men C (haemophilus influenzae type b, meningococcal C)

- Hep A (aboriginal children only)

- Hep B (preterm or low birth weight only)

18 Months

- MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella)

- DTPa (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)

- Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b)

- Prevenar 13 (aboriginal children only)

- Hep A (aboriginal children only)

4 Years

- DTPa (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis)

- Pneumococcal (at risk children only)

Optional Vaccinations

- Influenza

- HPV

What is Hep B?

Hepatitis B (also called hep B) is a virus that is found in blood and other body fluids including vaginal fluid, semen and breast milk. It is highly infectious and causes inflammation of the liver.

What is pneumococcal?

Pneumococcal disease is caused by infection with the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. Infection can cause a variety of diseases including pneumonia (infection of the lungs), otitis media (infection of the middle ear) and meningitis (infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord)

What is rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a genus of double-stranded RNA viruses in the family Reoviridae. Rotaviruses are the most common cause of diarrhoeal disease among infants and young children. Nearly every child in the world is infected with a rotavirus at least once by the age of five.

What is diphtheria?

Diphtheria is a contagious disease, spread by an infected person's coughing, sneezing or open wounds. Symptoms include a sore throat and breathing problems. Diphtheria can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Treatment includes antibiotics and diphtheria anti-toxin.

What is tetanus?

Tetanus is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani. The bacteria make a toxin in your body that causes the disease. Tetanus causes severe muscle spasms, especially in the neck and jaw (called lockjaw). Around 1 in 10 people who get the disease will die from it.

What is pertussis?

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.

What is poliomyelitis?

Poliomyelitis (or "polio") is a viral infection that can cause paralysis and death. In the past, polio was common especially in children. Now due to immunisation, polio is rare in most parts of the world, although it persists in some developing countries.

What is haemophilus influenzae type b?

Hib disease is caused by infection with Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria.

Infection can cause Meningitis (infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord), Epiglottitis (severe swelling of the epiglottis at the back of the throat), Pneumonia (infection of the lungs), Osteomyelitis (infection of the bones and joints) and Cellulitis (infection of the tissue under the skin, usually on the face)

What is measles?