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Vaccination Information

Things to know before being vaccinated

Vaccin8@work will provide all vaccinations to attendees of the Vaccination Cafe, Melbourne. The Seasonal influenza vaccinations will be provided free of charge at the Vaccination Café and is available to persons 16 years and over. Whooping cough boosters will be available free of charge to all pregnant women at more than 28 weeks’ gestation, as well as eligible partners and new parents/guardians. See below for eligibility criteria.

The City of Melbourne Immunisation Service will be offering an Infant Clinic from 2:30pm-4:00pm for babies from 6 weeks of age – 6 years of age children.

Who should be vaccinated?

1. Influenza

The influenza vaccine is updated each year to reflect virus strains circulating around the world in the last 12 months. The vaccine IMG_6261used at this Vaccination Cafe is a quadrivalent influenza vaccine, which covers the four most common seasonal influenza viruses. The Immunisation Coalition strongly supports annual vaccination of all those at risk of complications from influenza and of anyone over 6 months of age wishing to avoid infection.

People who are at risk when contracting influenza are:

Older adults (65+)
Indigenous Australians (6 months to <5 years and 15+)
Pregnant women
People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza (such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, chronic neurological disease, renal and metabolic disease, and impaired immunity).

Book your influenza vaccination here.

2. Whooping cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) is an extremely contagious respiratory disease spread through droplets in the air through coughing, sneezing, or close contact with an infected person. To protect young infants against pertussis before they commence their vaccinations at 2 months of age, the 2015 update of The Australian Immunisation Handbook – 10th edition recommends a single booster dose of adult formulation pertussis vaccine. The whooping cough vaccine used at this Vaccination Café is a reduced antigen formulation for adults and adolescents that contains diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis antigens (dTpa). Those receiving this dTpa vaccine will be receiving a booster not only for whooping cough but also tetanus and diphtheria.

Eligibility criteria:

The whooping cough vaccine is provided free of charge at this Vaccination Café as part of Victoria’s immunisation program for-IMG_6245

Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy
Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the past 10 years.
Parents/guardians of babies born on or after 1 June 2015, if their baby is under 6 months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the past 10 years.
Parents and guardians include but are not limited to fathers, same-sex partners, foster parents, adoptive parents, surrogate parents, co-parents or any other legal guardians.

Email Vaccin8@work (kerryn@vaccin8atwork.com.au) to book your whooping cough vaccination.

 Adverse events and precautions

The influenza and whooping cough booster vaccine is generally well tolerated but we ask you to stay at the Vaccination Café for 15 minutes – so we can keep an eye on you for the first few minutes after your vaccination. Like all medicines, the vaccine may have some side effects. Occasional discomfort, redness and swelling at the injection area are common, but usually settle within a couple of days. A slight fever, muscle pain or generally feeling unwell occurs infrequently within a few hours of vaccination and may last 1-2 days. These fever-like symptoms do not mean that you have the flu or whooping. They are most likely to be your body’s natural response to the vaccine.

If you have any questions please talk to the nurse immunizers at the time of vaccination or contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

On the day of vaccination

Please wear loose-fitting or sleeveless clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm. If you have booked, please arrive early IMG_6227to your appointment to help the nurse stay on schedule. After your vaccination, please wait for 15 minutes at the Vaccination Café, in case of an adverse reaction. A complimentary coffee will be available while you learn more about your amazing immune system.

Further information

Australian Government Department of Health and Aging: Questions and Answers for Influenza (flu) Vaccination
Department of Health, Victoria: Immunisation
Immunise Australia Program- Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
2016 Influenza consumer fact sheet immunise Australia

 

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