Immunisations for babies are very important
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.