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Childhood Immunisations​

From August 15, 2022, all childhood immunisaton appointments will attract a $45 gap fee. 

 

Childhood immunisation appointments booked from this date will now involve a dedicated appointment with both your GP and our practice nurse which includes:

  • Growth and measurement checks,

  • Vaccinations, and

  • A thorough Blue Book check, which gives you the opportunity to discuss any developmental concerns, referrals, prescriptions, etc.

Please note that Bondi Doctors does not offer a 'vaccinations only' appointment for childhood immunisations, so the gap fee will apply to all immunisation appointments.

Please remember to bring your Blue Book with you!
 
Immunisation from birth is highly recommended for all Australian children. The National Immunisation Program covers the cost of routine childhood immunisations recommended for all children in Australia. 
 
Routine childhood immunisations help to protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal C disease, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) and influenza.
 
By law, there are particular immunisation requirements that your child needs to meet in order to go to childcare, kindergarten and primary school and childhood immunisations must be up-to-date before your child starts childcare and kindergarten.

NSW CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATION SCHEDULE

Birth
Hepatitis | H-B-VAX II OR ENGERIX B
 
6 weeks
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio | INFANRIX HEXA
Pneumococcal | PREVENAR 13
Rotavirus | ROTARIX


 


4 months
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio | INFANRIX HEXA
Pneumococcal | PREVENAR 13
Rotavirus | ROTARIX
 




6 months* 
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio INFANRIX HEXA
* At risk children require an additional dose of pneumococcal (PREVENAR 13)
 




12 months
Meningococcal ACWY | NIMENRIX
Pneumococcal | PREVENAR 13
Measles, mumps, rubella | MMR II OR PRIORIX
 




18 months
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis | INFANRIX OR TRIPACEL
Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella | PRIORIX TETRA OR PROQUAD Haemophilus influenzae type b | ACT-HIB
 




4 years**
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio | INFANRIX-IPV OR QUADRACEL
** At risk children require an additional dose of pneumococcal (PNEUMOVAX 23)
 




References
1) www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Publications/nsw-immunisation-schedule
2) www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/immunisation-childhood
 
+ Disclaimer
This information does not constitute medical advice and is for information purposes only. 

BEXSERO®

Bexsero® (Meningitis B) is not currently part of the NSW Childhood Immunisation Schedule, though it has been adopted in the Schedule by South Australia and is highly recommended.

 

3 dose schedule: Children aged 6 weeks to 12 months of age

  • Children commencing the vaccine schedule between 6 weeks and less than 12 months of age require 3 doses in total.

  • Bexsero should be routinely administered at 6 weeks, 4 and 12 months of age.  This aligns with the usual schedule points for National Immunisation Program vaccines.

  • Infants (6 weeks of age and older) do not need to wait until routine schedule points to commence a vaccine course.

  • Bexsero can be safely administered with other National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines.

 

2 dose schedule: Children 12 months of age +

  • Those commencing the vaccine schedule 12 months of age or older require 2 doses in total.

  • There is a minimum interval of 2 months between doses.

  • Bexsero can be safely administered with NIP vaccines.

 

Preparing for Bexsero®

Fever (≥ 38.5°C) in young children aged less than 2 years is a common and expected adverse event following Bexsero administration.

Paracetamol is recommended with every dose of Bexsero for those less than 2 years of age.

 

The 1st dose of paracetamol is recommended prior to, or within 30 minutes of vaccination.