I have been dreading this day as I don't want to inflict pain on her. I remember poor Liam crying for half an hour after having this immunisation.
We have explained that the doctor will poke a needle into her arm, press it to put the medicine in there & then take the needle out again (can't have her thinking she's going to be walking around with a needle in her arm), so she doesn't get some sicknesses when she starts big school. Her only question was "What if I move?". God love her!
The needles at age 4 are intended to immunise against Diptheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (whooping cough), Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Inactivated Poliomyelitis (polio).
To view the current recommended immunisation schedule in Australia, follow this link, which will take you to www.health.gov.au
In Australia, we are given a financial incentive to immunise our children and help stamp out certain illnesses. Details can be found here.
We are lucky, we live in a country where we can choose whether to immunise our kids or not. You may still receive the incentive payment (it's called Maternity Immunisation Allowance), but you need to fill in a Medical Contraindication Form or a Conscientious Objection Form, which both need to be filled in by the immunisation provider (as proof you have made an educated choice), or if your child has a natural immunity to a disease or the vaccine is unavailable you can request a letter from them stating this. Or if you are a member of the Church of Christ Scientist, you can provide a letter from your church (see here).
To check your child's immunisation status, refer to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
Immunisation status can also affect Child Care Benefit payments. One of the reasons you need to show your child's blue book when you enrol them in daycare. Details can be found here.
All three of our children are immunised. Ray & I were both immunised as children.
Are you an immuniser or a non-immuniser?
Love to hear your thoughts!
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