Childhood immunisations​

All childhood immunisation appointments at Double Bay Doctors are bulk billed Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm.

 

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.