Free meningococcal vaccines for under 5s extended
The State Government's free meningococcal ACWY vaccine catch up program for children aged between 1 and 4 years of age has been extended to the end of 2019.
To date, only around 55% of children in this age group have received the vaccine, so if your child is within this age group and yet to be vaccinated, make sure you book in for the free vaccine before the end of next year.
Illawarra Medical Centre has vaccines available for all strains of the disease, including the free ACWY vaccine for children aged between 1 and 4 years old. To make an appointment, go to our Online Bookings page or by contact Reception on (08) 9208 6400.
SmartVax reaches 1 million vaccinations milestone
SmartVax is a world-first surveillance program that tracks adverse reactions to vaccinations.
Used at Illawarra Medical Centre and developed by our very own Dr Alan Leeb, the program has monitored more than 1 million vaccination encounters across Australia since 2010, with no safety signal detected.
Click here to read more about the program in this recent article from the Sydney Morning Herald>>
To find out more, visit the SmartVax website at www.smartvax.com.au
WA to pilot national food allergy prevention project
WA will be the main pilot region for the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project, which was launched in Perth on 27 August 2018.
The project, titled 'Nip Allergies in the Bub' is the first in the world to promote feeding children the common allergy causing foods by one year of age, to help prevent food allergy developing.
To find out more, visit the Nip Allergies in the Bub website or speak to your GP.
Meningococcal on the rise in WA
There has been a dramatic increase in cases of meningococcal in WA over the last 2 years, with 46 cases reported in 2017 compared to 23 in 2016 and already 19 cases reported in WA for 2018.
Read our blog on the disease here. You can also download our Fact Sheet on Meningococcal and view our Useful Guide to Meningococcal Vaccines to find out more about the disease and how best to prevent it.