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Childhood vaccinations

Why childhood immunisation is important

Immunisation is important because it helps to protect your child from serious infectious diseases, some of which can be life threatening.

Immunisation is also good for you and your child because it stops infectious diseases spreading in the community. Sometimes, immunisation can get rid of these diseases completely, as in the case of smallpox.

This happens through herd immunity. Herd immunity is when enough people in the community are immunised against a disease, and the spread of the bacteria or virus that causes the disease either slows down or stops completely. We need herd immunity to protect vulnerable children who might not be able to get immunised because they’re too young or they have a serious illness – for example, a weakened immune system.

GPs can give other immunisations that aren’t on the NIP schedule, like those needed by children with medical conditions, as well as some travel immunisations.

The Australian Government funds the immunisations on the NIP schedule.

We currently directly bill all children under 16. This will mean, if you hold a current Medicare, Medibank, AHM, Allianz or BUPA card there will be no out of pocket fee

If your child needs extra immunisations that aren’t part of the NIP schedule – for example, the annual influenza vaccine for a healthy child, or travel vaccines we have these vaccines available in our clinic. The costs of vaccines vary depending on the type of vaccine

Your child’s immunisation history and the Australian Immunisation Register

Your child’s immunisation history is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Your child’s immunisation history statement is a useful personal record. You can use it as proof that your child is up to date with recommended immunisations. You might need this proof to enrol your child at child care or when entering Primary School

Your child is put onto the AIR automatically once he’s enrolled in Medicare. And you can request your child’s immunisation history statement at any time through your Medicare online account on myGov, by asking your GP, or by calling the AIR on 1800 653 809.

You can also give your GP permission to access your child’s immunisation history on the AIR. This can help with planning what immunisations your child needs and when.

Flu vaccinations

The UNSW Health Service has stock of flu vaccines for staff, students and their families. 

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness which can occur throughout the year but is more common in autumn and winter. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. It is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated).

You can read more information about the flu and its symptoms from NSW Health. 

The Health Service with cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the appointment will be billed directly to Medicare or your OSHC. 

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) also covers the cost for your family members, partners and children for the following groups

  • All people aged 6 months to less than 5 years 
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • All people aged 65 years and over
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.

For more information on the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines, refer to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s Statement. Further information about the flu vaccine refer to NSW Health or Department of Health.

Why is the flu vaccine so important this year?

We are strongly recommending everyone is vaccinated this year. The flu won’t prevent you from getting COVID-19 but it will reduce the number of people who get the flu and therefore the number of people needing hospital beds as a result of severe flu, limiting the impact on the health system. It is also possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time which will likely cause significantly worse symptoms.

Family members, partners and children of staff who don’t fall into the categories above still can have the flu vaccination at the Health Service, the cost is $20, and Medicare or OSHC will be billed directly. Get your flu vaccination done today!

Flu fact: You can’t catch influenza from the flu shot.


Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It is the most common liver infection in the world and is usually passed from mother to baby or through exposure to infected blood during medical procedures. It can also be passed during unprotected sex, sharing needles, sharing razors or in a fight with someone infected with hepatitis B. If left untreated it can cause liver cancer. If diagnosed it is easily managed under the care of a doctor. Hepatitis NSW has more information about Hep B and treatment options.

Hepatitis B is prevented by a vaccine. To obtain maximum protection against hepatitis B, adults should receive three doses of the vaccine at zero, 1 and 6 month intervals.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an acute (short-term but quite severe) infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is passed through the faecal-oral route usually through contaminated food, water or cooking and eating utensils.

It is recommended that people travelling to countries where infection is common (Asia, Africa, South-Pacific, Central and South America) be vaccinated. Protection begins within 14-21 days after the first vaccine dose. A

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines

The HPV vaccine protects against certain types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that affect both men and women.

HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection which usually causes no symptoms and goes away by itself, but can sometimes cause serious illnesses. Almost all cases of genital warts and cervical cancer are due to HPV.

The vaccine provides protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 and protection is expected to be long-lasting.

The vaccine helps prevent 70% of cervical cancers, most of the genital cancers in men caused by HPV infection and 90% of genital warts in men and women. The vaccine works best if it is given before any sexual contact occurs

If you need more information, visit or phone UNSW Health Service on 9385 5425. You can also call the National Immunisation Hotline on 1800 671 811 or the Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

If your language is not included, call the Telephone Interpretation Service on 13 14 50 and ask to speak to the National Immunisation Hotline on 1800 671 811.

The vaccine is given in three does, usually across a six-month period. Vaccinations are spaced two months apart for the first and second dose, and 4 months for the second and third dose. If you cannot stay to this schedule, talk to one of our GP’s.

Medical student compliance checks

NSW Health requires that all medical students placed in any of its facilities are fully compliant with its requirements.  This applies to students undertaking clinical placements or students who require access to its facilities, which includes all UNSW Medicine teaching hospitals.

UNSW Medicine is required to enter information about all medical students into ClinConnect, a NSW Health database for managing clinical training placements in public hospitals. Information reported to ClinConnect includes student name, student number, student e-mail address, gender and date of birth.

Prior to the first clinical training session in Year 1, students will need to provide certain documentation to NSW Health staff at an on-campus checking session.  If not fully compliant with their requirements, students will be given instructions on what to do before commencing clinical training.  UNSW Medicine cannot overrule the decision of health staff and clinical training will be delayed until compliance is reached.

Students must note that clinical placements are a substantial and essential element in the UNSW Medicine program. Students who fail to satisfy the requirements of NSW Health at any point during their enrolment in the program may be excluded from undertaking a clinical placement. This will delay progress in the program and may ultimately lead to exclusion from the program.

For more information and to download the appropriate documentation, click here

Meningococcal vaccinations

Meningococcal disease is a rare, but life-threatening illness caused by a bacteria called neisseria meningitidis. It can cause meningitis (i.e. infection of the brain and spinal cord) as well as blood infections. Although antibiotics can be given to treat it, someone with meningococcal disease can become seriously ill very quickly.

UNSW recommends that students that aren’t vaccinated should get vaccinated for meningococcal. It is particularly important for students living in close quarters, as the risk of transmission is greater, i.e. at UNSW colleges and apartments, or in share houses.

To get vaccinated, an appointment should be made with the UNSW Health Service to see a doctor.

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Or call the UNSW Health Service and book your appointment on 9385 5425.

There are two vaccines available in Australia and UNSW offers both at the UNSW Health Service. Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine is only given once. Meningococcal B vaccine (MenB) given twice, eight weeks apart.  

The MenB vaccine is not covered under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) except for special groups. If you grew up in Australia, you would have received the MenACWY vaccination at school. The MenB vaccination was not administered routinely unless you’re of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent or you received it privately. Check your Immunisation History Statement to see if you received either of these. If you grew up in Australia, didn’t receive MenACWY, and still under the age of 20, you can get a catch-up vaccine at the UNSW Health Service for free under the NIP.

If you are an international student, check your immunisation statement in your country including which type of meningococcal vaccination you received. Speaking to a parent/caregiver may be helpful.

You can be reimbursed by your OSHC or other health insurance. International students who hold an OSHC from Medibank can claim most of the cost of the vaccination under their annual pharmaceutical benefits, however, will need to initially pay upfront. Check your cover summary. If you have an OSHC or health insurance from another private health insurer, please contact them to check if you are eligible for a rebate.

If invasive meningococcal disease is rare, why should I be vaccinated?

While invasive meningococcal disease is rare, it is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. Meningococcal infections can escalate rapidly, leading to severe complications, including meningitis (i.e. infection and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis, which can sometimes lead to death. People who recover from meningococcal disease may have long-term health issues, including neurological damage.

Vaccination is an effective preventive measure that can significantly reduce your risk of getting meningococcal disease in the first place, especially if you are more at risk of contacting the bacteria (e.g. living in close proximity with others in a residential college or share house).

Monkeypox vaccinations

Monkeypox is a rare disease, that originates from a virus similar to smallpox. It usually is a mild disease but can become a serious illness. Children and people who are immunocompromised are at higher risk. Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men are also at a higher risk of monkeypox infection. 

There are many symptoms, and it can be spread by an infected person through infected droplets (e.g. saliva when coughing or sneezing), physical contact with body fluids or touching bedding and towels. 

Monkeypox is easily prevented by vaccination, which you can book externally today

Travel vaccinations

Our GPs offer education and advice to minimise health risks while travelling and provide medications and immunisations. Common requirements are prevention of malaria or altitude sickness, treatments for diarrhoea and allergies. We are also an approved yellow fever vaccination clinic and provide you with yellow fever vaccination certification in the form approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is essential for travel to areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Please make sure you book in for your yellow fever vaccination no less than 10 days before entering a risk area.

Administered by trained registered nurses, our available vaccines include the routine: measles, mumps, rubella, hep-b and influenza, to the more complicated, such as yellow fever and associated international certifications for travel.

Our team will only recommend immunisation based on the individual's requirement, itinerary of the traveller, their health status, when the benefit of the vaccine outweighs the associated risk of complications arising from vaccine side-effects, and when the risk of disease and illness is indicated.

For more information on travel vaccinations, see:

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