Latest Update on Vaccinations!
MMR vaccines will soon be available from pharmacies without the need to visit a doctor. This will be the latest key addition to the list of pharmacist-administered vaccines, which also includes influenza and pertussis (whooping cough). The vaccination may be free depending on certain eligibility criteria, but a small fee may apply for the vaccine administration. 1
The other key change by the Andrew's government is to lower the age requirement for pharmacist-administered vaccines from 18years old to 16 years old; making it more accessible to a broader range of the community. 1
MMR vaccines are only given to children from 12 months of age because natural maternal antibodies in infants may persist until approximately 11 months of age and it may interfere with active immunisations.
1. Delivering for all victorians. Protecting more victorians from measles [Internet]. Delivering for all victorians [updated 2018 Aug 12; cited 2018 Aug 12]. Available from: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/protecting-more-victorians-from-measles/
2. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Measles [Internet]. Australian Immunisation Handbook [updated 2017 Aug 1; cited 2018 Aug 12]. Available from: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-9
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