Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting you and your family against a range of diseases. If enough people are immunised, the infection can no longer spread easily from person to person and eventually the disease dies out altogether. For example, as a direct result of immunisation, polio has disappeared from many countries and small pox has been completely wiped out.
Young children, particularly babies, do not have the well-developed immune system that older children and adults have. Most vaccinations need to be given several times to build long lasting protection – this is why it is important for children to complete the full recommended schedule of vaccinations at the recommended times.
In most instances, it is possible to catch up missed/overdue vaccinations so please speak with your immunisation provider. Some immunisations, like the rotavirus vaccine, cannot be given later than the recommended time.
Not completing the full course of vaccinations can leave children and adults unprotected and still at risk of getting the disease, so although many diseases are not as common as they were in the past, it is still vitally important for children and adults to be fully vaccinated.
It is important to speak to your GP or immunisation provider if you have any questions about immunisations for yourself or your child/children.
Our Program - The Adelaide and Country SA PHNs have jointly implemented the SA PHN Immunisation Hub, a multi-faceted approach to bridge gaps in immunisation service provision, support the skill base of immunisation providers, ensure reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is performed accurately, improve accessibility to after-hours immunisation services and increase vaccine uptake through promoting the need for a well immunised community. The Hub will provide education, mentoring and networking for service providers, engagement, advocacy and resources for the community, and will facilitate nurse led clinics.
Provider support - The Immunisation Hub staff are available to assist immunisation providers with:
- changes to the immunisation schedule
- keeping up to date with new vaccines
- cold chain/vaccine management
- accurate reporting to AIR and accessing AIR practice reports
- other immunisation queries
Information Updates - We regularly distribute important immunisation updates and changes in the vaccination schedule to health professionals. Please contact us to subscribe to our mailing list.
Education - The SA PHN Immunisation Hub also arranges education sessions on all aspects of immunisation for immunisation providers on a regular basis. If you would like to be notified about educational opportunities, please make sure your details are registered with us.
Providers, including GPs, nurses, Aboriginal Health Care workers and Pharmacists new to immunisation program delivery, can contact the SA PHN Immunisation Hub Coordinator (Angela Newbound) on 0421 168 367 for any support required.