When running a child care centre in Perth, immunisation is an important issue. We care for a lot of children from divergent backgrounds. We go out of our way to make sure that those children who are sick and possibly contagious are sent home. While we realise that immunisation is a personal choice, we also realise that children who aren’t immunised are more likely to contract many diseases.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (MHMRC) recommends that all Australian children and babies get the following series of free vaccinations: diphtheria, chicken pox, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type B, meningococcal C, mumps, measles, pneumococcal infection, rotavirus (for babies less than six months old), poliomyelitis, tetanus, rubella and whooping cough.
Girls in high school can also obtain the human papillomavirus vaccination free of charge. Older children and even some adults are recommended to receive vaccinations against hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal C and pneumococcal infections.
Immunisations are available from local councils, your doctor, immunisation clinics and community child care nurses. A few hospitals also offer immunisations.
Reactions to Vaccinations
Your doctor can tell you more about when to schedule immunisations for maximum protection and minimum reactions. Some children have reactions to immunisations. These can include: irritability, feeling “unwell,” fever and soreness around the area of the injection.
The MMR vaccine, for measles, mumps and rubella, can often cause a faint rash, mild fever, runny nose, head cold, puffy eyes and/or cough. The measles portion of the vaccine is responsible for these symptoms. They usually don’t last for more than 48 hours. If they do occur, it is usually between five and twelve days after the vaccination took place.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we can’t offer medical advice, but we strongly urge you to take your child to your doctor to hear all of the facts before deciding whether or not to immunise your children.
Contact us to learn more about our child care centres.