Vaccination and travel health

Free influenza vaccine is available for all Australians aged 65 and over as well as for all pregnant women to prevent complications of pregnancy. People over the age of 65 are at high risk from influenza and its complications, with the majority of deaths from influenza occurring in this age group.

Free vaccines through general practitioners are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are aged 15 years or over. Influenza vaccine can be given to children from 6 months of age or over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza.

Travel Medicine

Dr Louise Batchelor has completed further training in Travel Medicine and can offer comprehensive advice in pre-trip planning including

-Vaccinations
-Emergency medical kits
-Travelling with chronic disease
-Travelling whilst pregnant
-Advice on malaria and other mosquito borne disease prevention
-Altitude sickness treatment and prevention
-Travelling with children
-Traveller’s diarrhoea prevention and treatment.

Travel medicine consultations are privately billed and are usually a long consultation. When making the appointment, please inform the receptionist that the appointment is for travel medicine so as a longer appointment with Dr Batchelor can be scheduled.

Immunisations

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of disease.

The Immunise Australia Program implements the National Immunisation Program which currently includes vaccines against a total of 16 diseases. The Australian Government provides funding for the implementation of these vaccines through general practice.

Childhood vaccines include:

Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, pneumonia, hepatitis B, haemophilia influenza type B, rotavirus

Measles, mumps and rubella, whooping cough

Meningococcal meningitis, chicken pox, influenza

Adolescent vaccines

Guardasil against human papilloma virus

Adult vaccines

Influenza

People aged over 6 months who are at increased risk of severe annual influenza under the National Immunisation Program are able to have free immunisations The include adults over 65 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 15 years, pregnant women, and those over 6 months with specified medical conditions that put them at increased risk of influenza complications.

Pneumonia vaccine

Under the National Immunisation Program the following receive free immunisation

Australians over 65 years should be immunised with pneumonia vaccine

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people between 15 and 49 years with risky medical conditions and all ATSI people over 50 years.