Vaccinations

Vaccinations help prime your immune system to respond to infectious disease and reduce serious complications.  Protect your children against serious infectious diseases through vaccination.   Children in Australia are offered vaccination for many serious vaccine preventable diseases.  Although it can be tough to take young children for needles, they help protect against serious diseases.  Book with our nursing team to ensure your children’s vaccinations are up to date and are best protected.

Our nurses are able to independently administer all vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program.

Vaccinations are recommended for children at 6-8 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 4 years.  Further vaccinations are administered by the school program in high school. If your teenager is not happy to have these, we can facilitate vaccinations at Little Pears or Pear Tree Family Practice.

We are also able to arrange catch up vaccination schedules if you have lived overseas and missed some of the vaccinations in Australia or forgotten about some appointments.

 

 

Helpful hints to make vaccination easier.

No one likes vaccinations, but a high proportion of kids can develop a fear of needles and even a phobia later.   

Here are some steps that can help prevent this developing:

  • Let them know they are going to have a vaccination. Do not surprise them. Different children need different time frames to process and adjust to the idea.  You know your child better than anyone, use your own instincts as to how much notice to give them.
  • Tell them why it’s important!  Vaccinations keep us healthy, strong and stop us getting really sick and having to go to hospital. 
  • Don’t talk about pain and needles. Your child is going to have a vaccination. It’s not helpful to tell them it is going to hurt, this will make them think that IT will hurt. Try telling them that it may feel like a mosquito bite and be a bit sore, but some people don’t feel much at all.  Tell them to pick their favourite colour and put magic paint over their arm in that colour to help the arm feel sleepy and numb.  Practising this can give the child a sense of control and reduce pain.
  • Come prepared with distractions. Make it a positive and fun experience for all.
  • Playing games, bring a favourite toy or book, watching a favourite show, listening to favourite songs.
  • Give them some control. Let them pick a special bandaid or sticker. Pick which are they want.
  • Encourage deep breathing – blowing bubbles, big belly breathing, blowing away the scary feelings or imagine blowing out birthday candles
  • Encourage imaginative play – mind pictures, e.g. think about a favourite sport, family holiday, school game or activity; some magic paint to numb the area
  • Have an enjoyable experience planned for after – a trip to the park, playground, an ice-cream or something that’s a treat
  • Come without other siblings if they can get anxious or worried or tag team with another parent or friend.
  • You do not need to apologise for a vaccination. It is a good thing to keep healthy and safe! Provide encouragement and positive feedback instead.
  • If your child is experiencing significant fear or anxiety, ask your GP for advice on how you can help them.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your child is having Bexero at 6 weeks, 4 months or 12 months they should have paracetamol 30 minutes before. This reduces their chance of getting a very high fever from the immune response stimulated by the vaccination.

For other routine vaccinations paracetamol does not need to be given before the vaccination. Babies and children can have paracetamol if they have fever after the vaccination.

Needle fear is very common but there is a lot that can be done to help.  Little Pears has buzzy bee which can be used with psychological strategies to decrease the fear and pain associated with vaccinations.  This is a slow process and involves gradual exposure to more and more aspects of injections while the child or adult uses relaxation techniques or adjusts to what is involved.  

Although no one likes vaccinations, overcoming the phobia significantly reduces the trauma for all involved.  If you would like more information about these approaches, please talk with your GP.