Surf Coast Home Doctor can provide the majority of scheduled, government funded and travel vaccines at home visits. They cannot provide the yellow fever travel vaccine.

We request appointment for vaccinations be made a few days in advance.

For yellow fever vaccinations please go to the following link to find a provider:

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/yellow-fever-vaccination-centres/yellow-fever-vaccinating-centres-geelong-regional-victoria

Childhood Vaccinations / immunistaions

Surf Coast Home Doctor are able to provide all government funded immunistaions under the National Immunisation Program schedule.  (link the National Immunisation Program schedule to the following link: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/national-immunisation-program-schedule).

Immunisations can be done at home and are taken very successfully by children in this familiar environment. We request appointment for vaccinations be made a few days in advance.

Currently under the schedule babies are immunised against Hepatitis B at the hospital on the day of their birth. They then have vaccinations at 6 weeks4 months and 6 months and then at 12 months18 months and 4 years of age.

Adolescents receive vaccinations primarily via their schools but catch up vaccinations can occur at the surgery.

Flu Vaccine and Influenza

Surf Coast Home Doctor are able to provide the annual Flu Vaccine at home visits., as well as at our yearly flu immunisation clinics held at Medical Skin Clinic Australia.

Flu vaccination is required annually to maintain immunity and protection from the virus. The new vaccination recommended for each season is released in Autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts in the winter.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:

(please link the words National Immunisation Program to the following site: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza)

Please note that while the vaccine is free, a consultation fee will apply.

If you do not meet the criteria for the government flu vaccine the service can still provide you with the flu vaccine after you have purchased the vaccine yourself. To arrange this please mention it when you call the service.

Those who become infected and who have not been vaccinated and are at high risk or in contact with those at high risk should seek medical attention within 48 hours to discuss treatment with antiviral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

for more information please visit the immunize Australia program (link http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza)

 

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease refers to a wide range of infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can cause blood and brain infections such as meningitis especially in those under 2 or the elderly.

The pneumococcal vaccine is available free under the National Immunise Australia Program for: (link National Immunise Australia to http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-pneumococcal)

Pertussis Vaccination and Illness – Whooping Cough

Whooping cough or Pertussis is an extremely contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella Pertussis.

It is recommended as part of routine childhood immunisation, as a combination vaccine which is free on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. Doses of vaccine are given at two, four and six months of age, with booster doses at 18 months, four years and 10-15 years.

To protect young infants against pertussis before they commence their vaccinations at 2 months of age, a single booster dose of adult formulation pertussis vaccine (dTpa) is recommended for all pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy as their antibodies transfer to the newborn through the placenta.

A dose is also recommended for adult household contacts and carers (e.g. fathers, grandparents) of infants <6 months of age at least 2 weeks before beginning close contact with the infant to reduce the chance of passing on the bacteria.

As whooping cough causes severe disease in the elderly, adults who are 65 years of age are recommended a single booster dose of dTpa if they haven’t received one already in the previous 10 years.

The following are currently funded by the Victorian Immunization Program:

  • Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy
  • Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
  • Parents/guardians of a baby under 6 months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years

Measles

Measles immunity is often low in the 19 to 32 year old age group and measles outbreaks have occurred often from people travelling from overseas. It is advisable to update measles vaccination if in this age group or immunity can be determined by a simple blood test.

Rubella

Rubella immunity also often decreases and is a special risk to pregnant women. Immunity is checked and vaccination provided to non-immune women prior to pregnancy. After vaccination pregnancy must be avoided for one month as it is a live vaccine.

Chickenpox

Immunity to chickenpox is also important pre-pregnancy. Children now receive this vaccine at 18 months of age but many adults are non-immune and if this is confirmed by a blood test, 2 injections are given over a 2 month period.

Pneumonia

People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is given against this. It is given earlier to high risk groups.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Girls are now able to receive the vaccine against cervical cancer at 12 via school. This Australian discovery is being used around the world and recent data confirms its success in significantly lowering pre-cancer changes the past 4 years since its introduction.