Viruses and bacteria can still cause illness and death.
We may live in a different environment compared to our grandparents, but that doesn’t mean that the viruses and bacteria that could cause disease and even death, have disappeared. They can be passed on to anyone who is not protected by a vaccine. In this day and age we travel across the globe in no time, and that’s exactly the time it takes for a bacteria or a virus to move from one place to another.
What vaccines do I need in WA?
In Western Australia, vaccines are used to prevent the following diseases:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza, Measles, Meningococcal, Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Pneumonia, Polio, Rotavirus (Gastroenteritis), Rubella (German Measles), Q Fever, Rabies, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid and Varicella (Chickenpox).
International guidelines for vaccination
You may not only wonder “What Vaccines do I need?”…but also question the safety of vaccines. Well, vaccines are among the intensely monitored medicines. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed reliable websites across the world, providing information on vaccine safety.
You can visit Vaccine Safety Net or the Australian Government website for more details on the safety of the products that are used as vaccines. Your family GP will assist you to make sure your own and your family’s vaccinations are up to date.