Childhood vaccinations are a crucial measure in preventing debilitating and potentially life threatening infections. The Australian National Immunisation Schedule is the result of extensive research and public policy that is designed to make sure all children stay healthy and well. It is important to make sure that as many children as possible are up to date with their vaccinations in order to protect them, their families and their contacts.
We look at the number of children who are fully immunised. As can be seen from this graph, our active reminder system is working well. Our practice has a strong focus on children’s health and we would appreciate your help to maintain our high rates of completed schedules. If your child has had any vaccinations elsewhere, please inform us so we can update our records.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. It caused many illnesses, including middle ear infections and more serious disease such as pneumonia, meningitis, and invasive disease. Vaccination is an important prevention measure, and should be considered for children (as part of the childhood schedule), all people over the age of 65, and patients who have conditions that may predispose them to this disease such as chronic respiratory illness, heart failure, and diabetes.
We looked at the percentage of patients in our practice over the age of 65 who have had the vaccine. This is an area where we definitely need to improve. Our target for the next 6-9 months is to reach 60%. Although we have plans to do so, we need your help! Please ask our team for information about this vaccine. Most people over the age of 65 only need one injection.