The vaccination schedule for children born in NSW starts with a Hep B vaccination at birth, and then a schedule covering the first 4 years of life. You will find the schedule in your child’s blue book and further information is on the NSW Health website.
The first vaccination at the GP for your newborn is scheduled at 6 weeks, but it’s good to come for an earlier check up if you are have any concerns in the first few weeks.
Vaccinations are scheduled at 2, 4, 6 months, then 12 and 18 months, and finally at 4 years of age. We take the opportunity at each of these visits to check your child’s growth and development and answer any of your concerns. These are important opportunities to check on the health of our youngest patients.
From age 12, some vaccinations are given at high school. These are organised by NSW Public Health. If your child misses a vaccination check with the school to see when the nurses will be coming again. If you have completely missed the opportunity we can provide catch up immunisations at the practice. Please check with our Practice Nurse to make sure we have the appropriate vaccines in stock. We have catch up Meningococcal ACWY for 15-19 year olds until the end of 2018.
Our practice participates in a program called Smartvax to monitor vaccine safety. Three days after the vaccines are given you will receive an SMS asking if your child has had a reaction. You can just respond Yes or No. If you respond “Yes” you will be given an opportunity to give more information. The practice will be notified about reactions, and the deidentified data are taken to be looked at with other practice data across Australia. If your child has a reaction you are concerned about, please call the practice and organise review with one of our doctors.