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- New physiotherapy equipment in Wagga
- Leave bats to the experts
- Dont fall for it this April 1st
- Partnership training Allied Health workers for the bush
- Graduate nurses supported in GSAHS
- Increased Support for Organ Donation
- Mosquito numbers increasing
- H1N1 Flu expected to hit early in 2010
- Time to get your child Immunised
- Ross River virus detected in Griffith and Leeton
- Commonwealth teen dental plan
- New Tumut health service manger announced
- Swim safely this Summer
- NSW Parenting program- Families graduate
- Keeping spirits up after a poor harvest
- GSAHS Chief Executive Seconded to NSW Health
- Protecting children's sight with vision screening
- Hazardous Air quality in the Riverina
- Providing support early for new mums
- Mental Health Week in Wagga
- Stress Less Day, Wednesday October 7
- Supporting healthy families in Wagga
- A better communication start for kids
- Spring into action with free Health coaching
- Swine Flu Updates
- Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Auxiliary delivers 10 beds
- Healthy Little Smiles for Wagga
- New Sector General Manager Announced.
- Calvary Health Care Riverina
- Anti Aging Australia
- Men's Health
- Local Fitness Centres
- Health and Community Services
- Domestic Violence
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Mental Health
- Greater Southern Area Health Service
Time to get your child Immunised
Greater Southern Area Health Service (GSAHS) is reminding parents with children who are four years of age to make sure their child has received their scheduled booster vaccines.
This is also an excellent time for children to be given protection from Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) (human swine influenza) before the next influenza season begins.
This free vaccine is available from General Practitioners and some Community Health Centres and Councils and is recommended for all children over the age of six months.
GSAHS Immunisation Coordinator Alison Nikitas said it is important for children to receive these immunisations which are a simple, safe way to protect children against harmful infections and diseases.
“Exposing your child to the risk of these conditions is dangerous as childhood diseases can cause serious complications and sometimes death.”
Fortunately, immunisation has been responsible for a huge reduction in many serious childhood diseases.
GSAHS experienced a large increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in 2009, with close to 900 cases in the area up from 519 the year before.
"Parents should remember these diseases are easily spread from person to person, and when immunisation rates fall the diseases can return," Ms Nikitas said.
“Timely boosting at four years of age for whooping cough will help protect the immunised child as well as helping to protect any infants in the household.”
"All children should also have two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine by the time they begin school, the first at one year of age and the second at four years of age,” she said.
Recommended vaccines should be provided on time to provide children with the maximum protection against preventable diseases.
Parents should be aware that adverse reactions after vaccinations are small and the benefits of keeping a child safe and healthy far outweighs the very small risk associated with immunisation.
Common reactions may include pain and redness at the injection site, and occasionally the child may feel ‘off colour’, although this generally only lasts a day or two.
“If you have questions about immunisation you can find more information visit http://www.immunise.health.gov.au,” Ms Nikitas added.
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