It is important for adults to be protected against the following diseases:
Herpes-zoster (Shingles) is rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), people who have had Chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles as the virus can reactivate years later. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles increases. Although most people recover within a few weeks, some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post herpectic neuralgia. This may be severe and can sometimes go on for months.
A dose of shingles vaccine can be given to adults 50 years and over.
The shingles vaccine is provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. To receive the immunisation visit your local doctor or vaccination provider. #talktoyourgp
Measles outbreaks occur in some communities mainly as a result of unvaccinated travellers and visitors importing the disease from overseas. It is therefore important to ensure that you are adequately protected. Most people born before 1966 will have been exposed to wild measles virus and therefore do not require vaccination, while people born after 1966 require two doses of MMR vaccine (at least one month apart)
Whooping Cough (pertussis)
Whooping Cough (pertussis) is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. The disease causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting, which can last for several months and can be particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months. Babies are at greatest risk of contracting whooping cough until they have had at least two doses of the vaccine. Whooping cough is spread when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes small droplets into the air, which may be breathed in by those nearby. Infection may be spread by contact with hands, tissues and other articles soiled by infected nose and throat discharges.
Whooping cough can cause severe disease in the elderly, A single booster dose is recommended for older people if they haven’t received a previous dose in the last 10 years. #talktoyourgp
Free whooping cough vaccine is available for pregnant women in their third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks) through antenatal clinics, general practitioners (GPs) and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs).
Carers and family members who will have close contact with babies in their first weeks of life should receive a whooping cough vaccine at least two weeks before having contact with the baby unless they have received a dose in the previous 10 years and all children should be up to date with their vaccinations.