At Assure Health, our medical professionals are highly trained in providing the latest immunisation services. Immunisations help prevent diseases and infections. Our immunisation services include children’s immunisations, catch-up immunisations, travel immunisations and occupational health immunisations. To discuss your immunisation needs, please contact us.
How does immunisation work?
The human body develops and evolves as do viruses and bacteria that cause disease. Humanity has been fighting new and evolving diseases since the beginning of time, and most of these diseases have been suppressed through vaccination/immunisation.
In order to prevent certain illnesses, vaccines use small amounts of weakened or destroyed viruses and bacteria. By injecting it into the body, it causes the immune system to make antibodies against that disease-causing organism or to activate other immune-boosting processes. If those diseases or organisms reappear in the future, the immune system is fully prepared to combat them. Getting vaccinated either prevents you from contracting a disease or significantly reduces its severity. This new vaccine for COVID-19, which has affected parts of the world, provides another opportunity to save lives. We managed to eradicate smallpox through a global vaccination program in the 20th century, which had killed an estimated 300 million people.
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Diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Over the years, it has also been used to treat or fight certain diseases.
Method of immunisation
Vaccinations are typically administered by injection, although some vaccines can also be administered as drops, such as the RotaVirus vaccine and oral polio vaccine.
A vaccine is typically administered according to a schedule based on an individual’s age. Certain vaccines are mandatory for children at certain ages to prevent life-threatening diseases or those that may cause permanent disability.
Vaccinations are normally recommended for:
- Young children and infants
- Those in their pre-teens and teens
- For adults
Vaccines may be required for some high-risk groups, including:
- Women who are pregnant
- People in healthcare, for example, who are more likely to be exposed to diseases
- Those suffering from certain health conditions
- Personnel serving in the military
The possibility exists that diseases that are almost eradicated could once again rise to prominence and become common, making control of their spread impossible.
- Cancer of neck of womb (cervix)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus
- Hepatitis A & B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Yellow fever
High-risk groups should receive vaccinations
Infectious diseases are more likely to affect vulnerable individuals. Vaccines are therefore particularly important for newborns, young children, pregnant women, people caring for children, older people, Indigenous people, overseas travellers and people with compromised immune systems.
Vaccinations against influenza
Vaccines are administered every year to protect against common strains of influenza (flu). Influenza affects people of all ages, and vaccination is recommended for anyone older than six months. As part of the National Immunization Program (NIP), you can receive the influenza vaccine at no cost if you qualify. Children under five, adults over 65, and people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are included in this group.
Immunisation can prevent many of the illnesses common overseas. To enter some countries, proof of immunisation is required. Consult your GP about vaccines you may need before travelling.
Consult your GP as soon as possible about your immunisation needs. Travellers should keep in mind that outbreaks do happen even when visiting a safe destination.
Immunisation of mothers and children
Because children’s immune systems are still developing, it is important that they get immunised to avoid serious diseases. Children under the age of five are free to receive a number of routine immunisations. The majority of childhood vaccines are administered as injections in the arm or leg, except the rotavirus vaccine, which is administered orally. We provide all routine immunisations at Assure Health.
Immunisation benefits include:
- Protects your family from life-threatening diseases.
- Controls the spread of disease to ensure the health of the whole community.
- Vaccines are effective and safe.
- Taking steps to prevent a serious disease will save both time and money.
- By eliminating diseases in the near future, we can protect future generations.
Side effects from some immunisations are mild, temporary, and usually last about 1-2 days.
The following are some common side effects:
Mild fever, redness or swelling around the point of injection, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches.
Occasionally, certain immunisations can cause severe side effects, such as allergic reactions or febrile seizures. In the rare event that such an incident occurs, it usually follows a vaccination very soon. Due to this, you are asked to wait in the vaccination centre for 15 minutes after receiving the injection in order to receive immediate medical treatment. In the event of a serious reaction, medical attention should be sought immediately. If you have any concerns about the potential side effects of vaccines, please contact Assure Health staff. Serious reactions are extremely rare.
Medical professionals around the world recommend vaccinations highly due to their ability to outweigh the very rare risk of severe side effects.