Vaccination

Shire Doctors and Dentists aim to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable diseases in the community by offering immunisations that follow the latest NSW Immunisation Schedule which falls under the National Immunisation Program.

Our clinic encourages all children to be fully immunised, as the Health Department requires schools to be shown a record of completed immunisations before a child undertakes formal education.

All childhood immunisations are bulk billed, and if you are having any concerns about these childhood vaccines, please discuss them with your trusted GP.

Our vaccines are stored at our practice in a special purpose vaccine refrigerator. To see the comprehensive NSW immunisation schedule (July 2020), please visit this link.

Childhood Vaccinations

The NSW Immunisation Schedule recommends children are vaccinated at the following ages for protection against these diseases:

Birth

  • Hepatitis B

6 Weeks

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus

4 Months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus

6 Months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, polio

12 Months

  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Pneumococcal
  • Measles, mumps, rubella

18 Months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella

4 Years

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio

Unsure Of Your Child’s Vaccination Status?

Timely vaccination is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your loved ones protected from preventable diseases and infections. Make an appointment with your doctor and make sure your child’s immunisations are up to date. If you are uncertain of your child’s vaccination status, speak to your GP or immunisation provider. 

At-Risk, Adolescent and Adult Vaccinations

Even if you have been immunised as a child, this does not guarantee protection in your adult years. Adult vaccinations are vital to inhibiting the transmission of serious and preventable diseases. 

The NSW Immunisation Schedule recommends at-risk, teenagers, and adults to receive vaccinations for protection against diseases including:

People with Asplenia, Hyposplenia, complement deficiency and treatment with Eculizumab

  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Meningococcal B

>5 years with Asplenia or Hyposplenia

  • Haemophilus influenzae type b

Year 7

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Human papillomavirus

Year 10

  • Meningococcal ACWY

Pregnant

  • Influenza
  • Pertussis

Aboriginal people ≥50 years

  • Pneumococcal

70 years

  • Pneumococcal
  • Zoster

Influenza Vaccination

The annual influenza vaccination, or “flu shot”, is highly recommended for all Australians, but particularly advised for higher risk groups and ages including:

  • All children – 6 months <5 years
  • Aboriginal people ≥ 6 months
  • People with at-risk conditions ≥6 months
  • ≥65 years
  • Pregnant women

For immunisation vaccine brands and eligibility, please see this website.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Shire Doctors and Dentists is offering the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be administered in people aged 18 and above and is safe and effective. A very rare side effect related to the AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome’ (TTS), which involves blood clotting and low blood platelet levels. However, the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweigh the risk of this side effect.

How common is TTS?

Overall, the rate of TTS is estimated to be higher in those under 60 years of age. Here are the estimated rates of developing TTS associated with the first doses of AstraZeneca (as of June 2021):

Age

Estimated risk of TTS per 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses (first dose)

Under 50 years

3.1

50 to 59 years

2.7

60 to 69 years

1.4

70 to 79 years

1.8

Over 80 years

1.9

Source: Department of Health

People who are considering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine need to be aware of this potential complication as part of providing informed consent. If are currently between 18 to 59 years of age, you can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine when these two procedures are met:

  • “Following an appropriate assessment of suitability by a qualified health professional” and
  • “If you provide verbal or written consent”

COMIRNATY Covid Vaccine (Pfizer)

At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we also offer COMIRNATY (Pfizer) vaccine to all individuals aged 12 years and older.

To be fully vaccinated, the eligible people need to receive two doses of the same vaccine.

Mixed vaccines in the primary course of vaccination are not recommended unless you have experienced a severe reaction from the first dose.

At Shire Doctors and Dentists we offer first, second and third doses of Pfizer (COMIRNARY) vaccines.

Third doses

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently approved the booster (third dose) of the COMIRNATY (Pfizer) covid vaccine. It is recommended for all individuals aged 18 years and older who completed their primary course of vaccination at least six months ago. The approval for the booster dose is provisional and the third dose is not mandatory. The third dose helps this group of people to achieve the same level of immunity as the general population. An mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is preferred to Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) for this third dose. Read more about third doses of the vaccine.

I’m Interested in Receiving The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, How Should I Proceed?

Any person wishing to receive the AstraZenca vaccine should be fully informed about all side effects before vaccination. You can book your phone consultation with your GP at Shire Doctors and Dentists to discuss your concerns.

If you have any of the following symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or a combination of these), have been or are in isolation, and/or are awaiting results of a COVID 19 test – please do not visit our practice. Please call us on 02 9063 8650 to arrange a phone consult.

For further information on COVID-19 and to find your nearest testing centre, visit this link:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspt

For Comprehensive Vaccination Services, Get in Contact with Shire Doctors and Dentists

Are you in need of vaccination services in Caringbah? Qualified and caring doctors are available at Shire Doctors and Dentists for your convenience.

Please get in contact with our friendly team on 02 9063 8650 for further information or to book an appointment; alternatively, you can reach us by email at info@shiredoctorsanddentists.com.au.