Your Vaccination Destination for family vaccinations
Get the best shot at protection
Vaccinations are an important part of family healthcare to help protect against diseases and nasty bugs, and to keep each other safe and healthy. Amcal pharmacies are proud to play a crucial role in vaccinating Aussie families - whether it's helping grandparents to get vaccinated prior to meeting little ones for the first time or arming kids with the right vaccine protection before starting kinder.
At Amcal, an expertly trained pharmacist is always available to ensure you and your family are armed with the right health support and protection, from vaccinations to comprehensive health services and tailored advice.
Arm your loved ones with the best protection
5–11 year olds can now be booked to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine at participating Amcal pharmacies.
Our Amcal pharmacies have been supporting families with health advice for over 80 years and parents, carers and guardians can be reassured that vaccinating their children against COVID-19 is the best way to protect them and reduce their child’s risk of getting sick.
It takes a village
It takes a village to care for a child, and Amcal is here to help you and your network protect and care for new bub.
One of the ways we can help is administering the whooping cough vaccine, recommended for close household contacts and carers of babies under 6 months old, including eager grandparents.
And remember: even if you've been vaccinated against whooping cough in the past, you should have a booster dose if you were vaccinated more than 10 years ago.1
The best shot for mum and bub
If you are planning a pregnancy, your Amcal pharmacist can help guide you in recommended vaccinations to better protect you and your baby. Your local Amcal pharmacy is part of an extensive network of accessible healthcare professionals ready to deliver all your vital immunisation services.
Make sure you are up to date with all your vaccinations:
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Whooping cough (Pertussis)
- Influenza (flu)
During pregnancy, the Department of Health recommends women have a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine and an influenza (flu) vaccine. After pregnancy, women can receive vaccines even while breastfeeding. For COVID-19 vaccinations, speak to your GP.
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Just ask Amcal: whooping cough (Pertussis)
Managing family is tough. Whether you’re creating a new one, juggling relatives, or adding new loved ones to the mix, Amcal is here to help arm your family with the right advice and vaccinations to give you the best shot at good health.
Whooping cough is a bacterial infection spread by sneezing or coughing, infecting the airways and lungs. Babies have the highest risk of serious disease and 1 in every 200 babies under 6 months old who gets whooping cough dies from pneumonia or brain damage.
Whooping cough can be prevented with vaccination. Pregnant women in their third trimester, ideally between 20 and 32 weeks, are recommended to be vaccinated as well as close household contacts and carers of babies under 6 months old.
Measles, mumps and rubella are not to be sneezed at
Measles is a serious condition that can cause complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (brain swelling), which can potentially cause long-term disability and even death.
Rubella (German measles) can be a serious condition in pregnant women, as it may cause congenital rubella syndrome in the fetus. Congenital rubella syndrome can disrupt the development of the baby and cause serious birth defects, such as heart abnormalities, deafness, and brain damage.
Mumps may lead to meningitis or encephalitis, two potentially fatal conditions if left untreated. Meningitis is swelling of the membranes around your spinal cord and brain. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain.2
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the protective layer surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and blood stream infection or septicaemia.3
Bacteria can spread to vulnerable people - such as children - by being in close quarters with others, sharing utensils, kissing, or inhaling the second hand smoke of an infected person.
In Australia there is no single vaccine that offers protection against all meningococcal serogroups, however, your Amcal pharmacist can help guide you with which vaccine can help to protect those most at risk.
Got a vaccine immunity query? Question on vaccines for children? Every stage of your child’s development will bring new causes for celebration and unexpected, messy new challenges. At Amcal, our pharmacists are always available to give support, vaccination appointments, and product recommendations for your kids’ health.
The Australian Government recommends everyone over the age of 6 months old get a flu vaccination.4
The flu can affect people of all ages, particularly those most at risk such as babies, pregnant women, and the elderly.
You can receive both the influenza quadrivalent vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all Australians from 5 years of age and reinforces the benefits of COVID-19 boosters from 18 years of age.
Big protection before you meet the little ones
Thinking about getting ready for the arrival of a new baby, a few things probably come to mind: setting up a nursery, purchasing a new pram, and fielding plenty of advice—wanted or otherwise!—from friends and family. But it's crucial not to forget one of the most important steps in ensuring new bub's safety: making sure grandparents, extended family, and other loved ones' vaccinations are up-to-date.
For grandparents, caregivers, and anyone else who plans on spending time with a new bundle of joy, it’s important to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date to protect a newborn’s developing immune system.
Frequently asked questions
For grandparents, caregivers, and anyone else who plans on spending time with a new bundle of joy it’s important to make sure their vaccinations are up to date to protect a newborn’s developing immune system. Whooping cough deaths have been reported in babies less than 2 months old, so it’s imperative that all pregnant women receive their vaccine, as well as close household contacts including grandparents and extended family members.
Children aren’t the only ones vulnerable to whooping cough. Talk to your Amcal pharmacist about getting vaccinated if you:
- Work with, visit, or care for infants and children
- Are over the age of 65
- Work in the healthcare industry
From January 2022, Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program extended to all children aged 5 to 11 after the Australian Government accepted recommendations from Australia’s immunisation experts and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Children can now receive their free COVID-19 vaccines and will receive 2 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The children’s dose is one-third of the dose for people aged 12 years and over and research shows that the Pfizer vaccine is up to 91 percent effective in children aged 5 to 11.1
Parents, carers, and guardians can be reassured that vaccinating their children against COVID-19 is the best way to protect them, their family, and their community.
Children must meet the immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
To meet the immunisation requirements, children up to 19 years of age need to be up to date with their immunisations, on an approved catch-up schedule, or have an approved exemption. This is a recently launched government requirement to help improve vaccination rates and reduce the prevalence and spread of disease. This is a requirement for children to attend long daycare, kindergarten, family daycare, or occasional care, where parents/carers have to provide a statement that a child is up to date with all vaccinations and/or provide proof of medical exemption certificate form if the child is anaphylactic to some ingredients or meets the criteria for exemptions.
For more information visit https://www.ncirs.org.au/public/no-jab-no-play-no-jab-no-pay
Influenza (flu) is a potentially life-threatening illness. It is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. Each year, influenza causes serious infection and death around the globe, usually in the winter months (seasonal influenza). The virus that causes COVID-19 (called SARS-CoV-2) has spikes of protein on each viral particle. These spike proteins allow the virus to attach to cells and cause disease. Each of these vaccines is specific to their respective viruses so unfortunately will not offer any cross-over protection.
Two doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Australia are still incredibly effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalisation, and death from COVID-19. ATAGI recommends everyone get a booster after their second dose, and to get it as soon as they are eligible. To learn more about recommended booster intervals visit the Australian Government website here https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines
A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first doses is even stronger and longer-lasting and should help prevent the spread of the virus. Booster doses are available to everyone 18 years and over who has had both doses of their primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine. Check the government website in your State or Territory to confirm the timings between your second dose and the booster vaccination.
Vaccines introduce a disease-causing antigen to our immune systems.1 Our bodies make antibodies to these antigens without causing illness.1 So then, if we ever encounter the “real” virus, our body can defend itself by quickly producing more antibodies to destroy the germ.
You will receive your vaccine in a safe, private space within the pharmacy.
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1. Better Health 2019, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/whooping-cough
2. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 2021, https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Meningitis-and-Encephalitis-Fact-Sheet
3. Department of Health 2020, https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/meningococcal-disease
4. Department of Health 2021, https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-services/influenza-flu-immunisation-service