Pharmacist immunisers are gradually being allowed to give more types of vaccines.
You no longer have to go to your GP to get your flu shot or catch up on vaccinations you missed earlier in life or have waning immunity to. But they're unlikely to be free.
Whooping cough is making a comeback. Here's how to identify it, and why vaccination is a way to protect babies.
Giving pregnant mothers the flu vaccine protected their babies from getting the flu in the first six months of life.
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements in history.
The kinds of vaccines adults need depend on several factors, including whether you were born here, how old you are and whether you intend to travel overseas.
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old.
If you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
There’s no evidence to show your baby is at risk if visitors don’t get a whooping cough vaccine.
Prospective parents, aware of how devastating whooping cough can be, want to leave no stone unturned to protect their baby. But is No Vax, No Visit supported by the best evidence?
Given the increasing number of vaccines recommended for adolescents and adults in Australia, the newly announced initiatives are a very good idea.
Tucked away in the budget papers is an intitiative worthy of applause – the establishment of an adult immunisation register and the expansion of the childhood register to include adolescents.
From January, conscientious objectors to vaccine will lose up to $15,000 of childcare and family tax rebates.
Australia is unique in using parental financial incentives for immunisation.
Removing the childcare rebate for parents who do not fully immunise their children is unnecessarily punitive and could have repercussions.
Immunisation in Australia isn't compulsory – and doesn't need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease.
Do more non-medical vaccine exemptions mean a higher incidence of disease?
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Many adults missed out on vaccines that are routinely given to children today.
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The ACCC is taking legal action over claims homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective alternative for the prevention and treatment of whooping cough.
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Parents need the facts about childhood vaccination.
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Too much urging can backfire and entrench some parents’ opposition to vaccination.
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Infants too young to receive the whooping cough vaccine are at greatest risk.
Recent news reports say the free whooping cough vaccine for parents to protect newborns will be discontinued because it is not effective. Parents who’ve been told this is an important step to protect their…
Three-year-old Lewis Murphy nearly died from whooping cough when he contracted the disease at five-weeks-old.
A new strain of whooping cough that appears to be resistant to vaccination could take Australia’s four-year epidemic into…