The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre would like to inform you that the World Health Organisation has declared April 24 - 30 2015 as International Immunisation Awareness Week.
The immunisations you require depend on your Health, Age, Lifestyle and Occupation. Together, these factors are known as the HALO.
- Health: Some health issues such as premature birth, asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, spleen or kidney conditions mean you can benefit from extra or more frequent immunisation.
- Age: At different ages you need protection from different vaccine-preventable diseases. Australia's National Immunisation Program offers immunisations for babies, children, adolescents, the elderly and other people at risk, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Lifestyle: Lifestyle choices such as travelling overseas, playing contact sport, sexual activity, smoking, and planning a family mean you can benefit from immunisation
- Occupation: Some jobs expose you to a greater risk of contact with diseases or puts you in contact with people who may get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases such as babies or young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic or acute health conditions. Working with children, in health care, in residential care, emergency services or with sewerage mean you can benefit from immunisation.
This is the perfect time to check your immunisation HALO as described by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and see what vaccines you may benefit from.
If you have any questions regarding your own need for immunisation please arrange an appointment to see one of our doctors by phoning 9650 9372.