Immunisations


Getting immunised is a simple and effective way of preventing or treating people with and or from harmful diseases or illnesses. Immunisations do not only protect the patient, but also others in the community due to the reduction of spreadable disease control.

Our health care providers offer immunisations for children, adults and the elderly. The immunisations are administered by the GP or our nurses. Immunisations are generally needed for different life factors depending upon age, employment, health and lifestyle.

Immunisations that are generally administer on our premises include.

  • Influenza

  • Q Fever

  • Hepatitis B

  • Diphtheria

  • Tetanus

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Meningococcal B and C

  • Whooping cough

  • HPV

  • Varicella

  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide

  • Rotavirus

  • Inactivated Poliomyelitis

  • Pneumococcal conjugate

  • Bacillus Calmette–Guerin

  • Yellow Fever

  • Overseas Vaccinations

Immunisations are generally safe and effective, although all medications can have some side effects. Some children and adults can have reactions to certain vaccines. In mostly all cases, the symptoms experienced as side effects to the immunisation are far less damaging to your health than if you were to contract the disease the immunisation is for.

To avoid unwanted symptoms or side affects after your immunisation, it is important for you to disclose to the health care profession if you or your child are experiencing the following.

  • Temperature over 38˚C

  • Feel unwell or sick on the day of the immunisation

  • Have severe allergies or reactions to medications or vaccines

  • Are a parent, carer or grandparent of a new born

  • Planning to become pregnant or are anticipating parenthood

  • Are currently pregnant

  • Had previous vaccines or immunisations in the previous month

  • Were a premature infant with less than 32 weeks gestation or were born weighing less than 2000 grams at birth

  • Has intussusception (blockage caused by bowel slipping into another piece of bowel) as an infant

  • Have or live with some who has immunity compromising diseases. These diseases can include leukaemia, cancer, HIV or AIDS

  • Have or live with someone who is going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Also inform the health professional if you or someone you live with is taking oral steroid medications

  • Have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome

  • Have had an immunoglobulin injection or received blood products or a blood transfusion within the past year

  • Are prone to fainting at the sight of needles or when injected

  • Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

  • Have a bleeding disorder or a chronic illness

  • Do not have a functioning spleen

The side effects for immunisations are typically mild and temporary. Further medical treatment is not often required. The side effects can include pain or redness at the injection site or mild fever or nausea.

For specific information regarding the side effects to certain immunisations, please consult your local GP. Paracetamol or pain relief medications can be effective in easing discomfort if you experience these symptoms. If you feel your child, or, someone you know has a worsening condition due to their immunisation, it is important to seek the advice of a trusted health service provider or in extreme cases to dial 000.

 

Q Fever


Q Fever is an infection that is caused by the bacteria Coxiella Burnetii, which, is a type of bacteria that affects humans and animals. The infection occurs from inhalation of spore like small cell variants (air or dust) from contact with milk, faeces, vaginal fluids, urine, semen or animal products that contain Q Fever. Rarely, the disease can be tick borne and the incubation period can range from 9- 40 days, depending upon the severity of the infection within the patient.

Patients can generally have no symptoms after they have contracted Q Fever, however, other patients can experience.

  • Chills and high fevers

  • Severe headaches

  • Sweats

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Extreme fatigue

Patients can also develop Hepatitis or pneumonia.

Without treatment, symptoms typically last from 2- 6 weeks. Many people make a full recovery and become immune to repeat infections, however, some patients can develop chronic infections for up to 2 years after they have become unwell. Only 10% of Q Fever patients have become chronically ill after infection.

The Q- Vax or Q Fever vaccine is given via an injection into the patient’s skin, typically their upper arm. It is used to help prevent people against the Q Fever virus.

The risk of developing Q Fever is increased in the first couple of years of exposure. The Q Fever vaccine is recommended for people who work in industries associated with sheep, cattle, goats or products from animals, including.

  • Veterinary workers

  • Abattoir workers or visitors

  • Stockyard workers

  • Farmers

  • Shearers

  • Animal transport workers

  • People who cull and process kangaroos

  • Laboratory workers who are handling possibly infectious veterinary samples

It is important for people who could potentially be exposed to the Q Fever virus to consult their health service provider and receive the Q Fever Vaccine.

Before having the vaccine for Q Fever, it is important that the patient does not have the injection if.

  • You have not completed the required Q Fever skin and blood testing, as, this test may show your doctor you are immune to the disease already

  • Have previously been vaccinated against Q Fever

  • You have or had Q Fever

  • If you have been exposed to the Q Fever disease or bacteria and have now developed Q Fever- like symptoms

If you or someone you know may have Q Fever or would like to be immunised, please contact us or in serious cases, please contact 000.