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Poliomyelitis

Polio is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause paralysis and death. Immunisation has dramatically reduced the incidence of polio but it still exists in some developing countries.

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Poliomyelitis (polio)

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Immunise - Poliomyelitis (Polio)

Poliomyelitis (Polio) Page last updated: 20 April 2015 Poliomyelitis (Polio) is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause lifelong paralysis, and was once widely fatal

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Immunise - National Immunisation Program Schedule (From November 2016)

National Immunisation Program Schedule (From November 2016) Page last updated: 25 November 2016 PDF printable version of the National Immunisation Program Schedule - PDF 113 KB Child programs Age Vaccine Birth Hepatitis B (hepB)a 2 months Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV) Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) Rotavirus 4 months Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV) Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) Rotavirus 6 months Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV) Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) Rotavirus b 12 months Haemophilus influenzae type b and meningococcal C (Hib-MenC) Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 18 months Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV) 4 years Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (DTPa-IPV) School programs Age Vaccine 1015 years (contact your State or Territory Health Department for details) Varicella (chickenpox) c Human papillomavirus (HPV) d Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa) At-risk groups Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Age Vaccine 1218 months (In high risk areas) e Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) 1224 months (In high risk areas) f Hepatitis A 6 months to less than 5 years Influenza (flu) 15 years and over Influenza (flu) Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (medically at risk) 50 years and over Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) Other at-risk groups Age Vaccine 6 months and over (people with medical conditions placing them at risk of serious complications of influenza) Influenza (flu) 12 months (medically at risk) e Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) 4 years (medically at risk)e Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) Influenza (flu) 65 years and over Influenza (flu) Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) 70 years (a free single catch-up dose is available for adults aged 71-79 years until 31 October 2021) Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Footnotes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule Hepatitis B: vaccine should be given to all infants as soon as practicable after birth

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Immunise - Children birth-four years

Children birth-four years Page last updated: 20 April 2015 The following vaccines are provided free for children from birth to four years of age under the National Immunisation Program

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Polio: what you need to know - myDr.com.au

Polio is an infectious disease that can cause permanent muscle weakness, paralysis, and in severe cases, can be life-threatening.

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Ipol Suspension for injection - myDr.com.au

Ipol Suspension for injection - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Kids' Health - Topics - Polio

Polio is a disease that used to cause problems all over the world, but now it only happens insmall parts of3 countries because children every where elsehave been immunised against polio.

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vaccination against a range of bacterial and viral diseases is an integral part of communicable disease control world-wide. Vaccination against a specific disease not only reduces the incidence of that disease, it reduces the social and economic burden of the disease on communities. Very high immunisation coverage can lead to complete blocking of transmission for many vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). The world-wide eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of polio from many countries provide excellent examples of the role of immunisation in disease control.

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Enterovirus in children

Enteroviruses cause a range of illnesses which are usually mild. You can help prevent the different types of enterovirus infection by practising good hygiene. Learn more about the signs and symptoms here.

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