The Medical Mums talk immunisation
But I don't use childcare
Healthy lifestyle and good hygiene are not enough to protect your family from disease.
Vaccination protects your child against serious diseases such as measles, whooping cough and diphtheria. All children should be vaccinated according to the Immunisation Schedule to ensure they are protected.
Vaccinations are due at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18, months and 4 years. If you skip or delay vaccinations, your child could be vulnerable to disease.
If your child hasn’t been vaccinated or has missed a vaccination, it’s easy to catch up - just ask your doctor. Your doctor can also address any questions you have about vaccination and your child’s health.
Like many medications, no vaccine is 100% effective
However, if everyone in Australia was vaccinated, it would be much harder for infections to spread from person to person, and throughout the whole population, due to higher levels of immunity.
Eventually, If everyone in Australia was vaccinated, some diseases could be eradicated completely.
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