Im­mu­ni­sa­tions for ba­bies are very im­por­tant

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

WE’RE cur­rently in the mid­dle of World Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Week, which is a timely op­por­tu­nity to dis­pel some of the myths about vac­cines and high­light how im­por­tant they are for dis­ease pre­ven­tion.

When preg­nant, moth­ers are en­cour­aged to re­ceive free vac­cines for whoop­ing cough and in­fluenza, which will pro­tect both them and their baby.

The first vac­ci­na­tion your baby should re­ceive is HBVaxII for hep­ati­tis B at birth, and at 2, 4 and 6 months other free vac­ci­na­tions are freely avail­able from ei­ther your GP or from one of our WBHHS Child Health Cen­tres.

Th­ese early im­mu­ni­sa­tions are im­por­tant and in­volve three vac­ci­na­tions:

■ Preve­nar 13, cov­er­ing pneu­mo­coc­cal,

■ Ro­taTeq, cov­er­ing ro­tavirus

■ In­fan­rix, cov­er­ing diph­the­ria, tetanus, per­tus­sis (aka whoop­ing cough), hep­ati­tis B, po­liomyeli­tis, haemophilus and in­fluenza type B.

At 12 months, 18 months and 4 years of age, your child will have ac­cess to a range of im­por­tant im­mu­ni­sa­tions.

There are lots of myths spread around the com­mu­nity and so­cial me­dia about im­mu­ni­sa­tion that have caused some par­ents to have ques­tions about vac­cines.

It’s vi­tal to have your child im­mu­nised be­cause it pro­tects their de­vel­op­ing im­mune sys­tem against life-threat­en­ing diseases such as whoop­ing cough and measles.

What im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­tects against far out­weighs any mi­nor side-ef­fects.

While vac­cines can have side-ef­fects, this is true of all medicine.

Swelling, sore­ness and fever are com­mon side-ef­fects to some vac­cines, but if you are con­cerned or think there is some­thing more se­ri­ous you should con­tact Queens­land Health on 3328 9888.

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