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Want to get your family vaccinated but not sure where to start?

Follow these five easy steps to ensure your family’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting you and the whole community against certain disease outbreaks. The Australian Government receives expert advice from researchers to ensure immunisation is a safe service for the community.

Some states in Australia now require children to be vaccinated according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP), before attending child care or pre-school or accessing certain government benefits.

So, if you are ready to get started, follow these five easy steps to ensure you and your family are up-to-date with vaccinations.

1. Check your immunisation history

If you’re not sure what vaccines you and your family have received, you can request your personal immunisation record from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

You can either:

  • go online to get your immunisation record through myGov or the Medicare mobile app. This is a great way to get access to an electronic version of your immunisation history and is easy to forward onto your child care provider or school.
  • ask your health care provider to print a copy of your statement for you.
  • call AIR on 1800 653 809 and request a copy of your record – be warned it may take up to 10 days to receive this by mail so don’t use this service if you need your statement in a hurry.

2. Book your appointment at Tindale Family Practice

Immunisations form a vital part of Tindale Medical Hub’s preventative care strategy and our nursing staff are qualified to perform vaccinations. Tindale Medical Hub offer this service Monday to Saturday during opening hours. For more information please call (02) 4729 5100, or click here to make an appointment online.

3. Prepare for your visit

Bring your personal immunisation record to your appointment. An up-to-date record tells your nurse which vaccines you or your family member have already received.

4. During your visit

The nurse at the Tindale Medical Hub will go through a pre-vaccination checklist and the vaccine will generally be given by needle in the arm or leg, or by drops in the mouth.

You will receive information on what to expect post-vaccination. Common reactions to vaccinations can include a mild fever and pain where you received the needle. Most reactions are mild and go away quickly. Note: see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible or go directly to a hospital if you or your family member is having a severe or unexpected reaction to the vaccination.

The nurse will enter information about the vaccine you received into the Australian Immunisation Register.

5. Get immunisation reminders

A great way to keep up-to-date with future vaccinations is to get reminders on a smartphone app.
 More information regarding these apps can be found here. 

As you can see, keeping your family up-to-date with their vaccinations is an easy process.
 Our friendly staff at Tindale Medical Hub are happy to assist you with any of the above steps.
 See you at the practice soon.

Source: https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/getting-vaccinated