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  » Immunization Schedules  »  What to tell the doctor or nurse when taking your child for an immunisation

What to tell the doctor or nurse when taking your child for an immunisation:

Before you have your child immunised, tell the doctor or nurse if your child:

  • is unwell today;
  • has had a severe reaction following any vaccine;
  • has any severe allergies;
  • has had a live vaccine within the last month (including tuberculosis and live virus vaccines such as MMR, oral poliomyelitis or yellow fever), or an injection of immunoglobulin, or a whole blood transfusion in the last three months;
  • has a disease which lowers immunity (eg. leukaemia, cancer, HIV/AIDS) or is having treatment which lowers immunity (eg. steroid medicines such as cortisone and prednisone, radiotherapy and chemotherapy);
  • lives with someone who has a disease which lowers immunity, or lives with someone who is having treatment which lowers immunity;
  • has a medical condition affecting the brain or spinal cord (eg. spina bifida);
  • is living with someone who is not immunised (only for OPV).

Your doctor or health clinic staff should know about these conditions because your child may need to be immunised differently. You should also take your child's Personal Health Record with you when having your child immunised.