Vaccinations and Immunisations

Immunisation helps to protect you and your family from serious life threatening diseases.

Immunization for young and old

Immunisation from an early age helps protect your child against serious childhood infections.
Some groups are more at risk than others in the community and may need additional vaccines.

Greenacres surgery provides vaccinations for all Medicare funded diseases. The surgery participates in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule which covers vaccinations for children, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical conditions and those aged over 65 years. This scheme includes childhood immunisations, influenza, whooping cough, pneumonia and shingles vaccines.
All vaccines listed in the NIP Schedule are free.

Please contact the surgery to discuss how we can best help your family and resolve any concerns or questions.

Immunisation and young children

In the first months of life, a baby may have some protection from a specific infectious disease but only if the mother has been immunised or has previously had that disease. This is known as passive immunity and occurs when antibodies are transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy. The level of antibody protection for the baby can be low and wears off quickly after birth. This puts the baby at risk of diseases that can be prevented with vaccination.

The Australian Immunisation Register (Tel. 1800 653 809) will send you an Immunisation History Statement of your child’s immunisation status on request or you can download the Immunisation History Statement from your myGov account.

Immunising your child is important

By law, your child needs to be fully immunised before your child care start childcare, kindergarten or school.

To encourage parents to immunise their children, the Australian Government provides family assistance payments, which require children to meet the vaccination requirements.

For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website or visit a Centrelink or Medicare Service Centre.