The Immunisation Team work in partnership with all high schools in Western Sydney to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in a school vaccination program.
Children who have not received all vaccines recommended by the National Immunisation Program (NIP) require additional (catch-up) vaccination. This brings them up-to-date and ensures that are protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases. To help immunisation providers plan catching up missed vaccinations, parents need to provide documents of previous vaccinations. Under the NIP all childhood and some adolescent vaccinations are free of charge. Ask your doctor or immunisation provider for more information.
The Immunisation team works with local doctors to ensure that people who are exposed to rabies/lyssavirus via bite or scratch from a bat in Australia, or a bat or terrestrial (land-dwelling) animal overseas, are protected from the infection. If you are exposed, you should be assessed by your local doctor as soon as possible to organise preventative treatment (rabies vaccine) through the Public Health Unit, even if you have seen a doctor or started treatment overseas.
For advice on vaccine requirements and to obtain vaccine, please contact the Immunisation Team on 9849 3603. More information on rabies/lyssavirus is available below in the Resources section.
The aim of reporting of AEFIs is to monitor vaccine safety and to detect any unexpected adverse events that have not been detected in vaccine trials. The immunisation team receives reports from immunisation providers or medical staff of side effects, or adverse events, following immunisation. This can occur any time after receiving an immunisation and could be related to the immunisation. If you are concerned you have had an adverse event following an immunisation, you should see your local doctor immediately. If you have any questions, you can contact the Immunisation team on 9840 3603.
a) Public childhood vaccination clinics
Most general practitioners (or local doctors) in Western Sydney offer childhood vaccinations. There are also several public vaccination clinics for children that are supported by the Public Health Unit. These clinics are staffed by registered nurses authorised in immunisation. There is no cost to attend public clinics, and a Medicare card is not necessary.
Current clinics in Western Sydney:
See useful links in the Resources section below for more information on these clinics.
b) Travel vaccinations
The Immunisation Team do not provide travel advice to individuals. People travelling overseas are strongly advised to consult either their local doctor, or a specialist travel doctor (these can be located in the Yellow Pages).