Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Immunisation Service is now offering non-funded vaccines for purchase at our immunisation sessions.
Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero)
Meningococcal B disease is a serious illness caused by the ‘B’ strain of meningococcal bacteria. These bacteria are a major cause of meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (infection of the blood) in young children. 3 doses of Bexsero vaccine are recommended and can safely be administered alongside the routine vaccines at 6wk, 4mths and 12mths. Alternatively, the vaccines can be administered independently of other vaccines with the 2nd dose due 2 months after the first and a booster dose 2-12 months later depending on the commencement age.
For more information on Meningococcal disease from the Department of Health, click the link below
Meningococcal disease – invasive | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine
Chickenpox is a very contagious infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. Most people with chickenpox have mild symptoms and recover quickly. In rare cases, the virus can cause serious complications such as pneumonia or meningitis. Chickenpox vaccine is recommended as a 2 dose course. All children receive 1 dose of the vaccine in the routine funded vaccines given at 18 months of age. The recommended interval between 2 doses of Chickenpox vaccine is 4 weeks.
A booster dose of the vaccine ensures maximum immunity against Chickenpox and reduces the risk of “break through” disease. The booster dose is not funded through the NIP (National Immunisation program)
For more information on chickenpox from the Department of Health, click the below link
Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
Influenza is a common viral infection that affects people of all ages. While it can be a mild disease for some, it can also cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people. It can lead to hospitalisation and can cause death. Vaccination is the safest way to protect yourself and others from influenza. Everyone six months and older is recommended to get an influenza (flu) vaccine each year. The flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you. Flu vaccines are not funded for children over 5yrs of age but can be purchased through our service for all family members.
For further information on Influenza and the Influenza vaccine click the link below
Whooping cough Booster
The whooping cough vaccine for adults also contains diphtheria and tetanus protection in a combination vaccine. Adults who should be vaccinated with whooping cough vaccine if they have not had a dose in the last 10 years include:
- childcare workers
- healthcare workers
- any adult who wants to reduce their likelihood of becoming ill with whooping cough
- family members, grandparents and people in contact with infants less than 6 months of age, including other household members
- adults needing a whooping cough booster at any time
- at 50 years and 65 years of age when whooping cough containing vaccine is recommended
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine
Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The bacterium is commonly known as meningococcus. Serogroups ACW&Y are known to cause invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). IMD most commonly presents as septicaemia and/or meningitis. All infants receive 1 funded dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine at 12months of age as part of the NIP
Any person who wants to reduce their risk of invasive meningococcal disease can receive MenACWY vaccines from as early as 6 weeks of age. When this vaccine is commenced before 12months 2 doses are recommended along with a (funded) booster at 12months.