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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccination 

This is a disease which adversely affects the very young and the elderly more than most. It is responsible for many hsopital admissions of infants every year especially in the winter months.

There are a number of vaccinations which will be launched onto the Australian market very soon.

One is for pregnant women which will allow their infants to be protected for the first few months of life as antibodies made in the mother pass over the placenta.

The same one will be able to be used in older people.

There is also new vaccine which will be available for babies under the age of 6 months. This will be especially targeting premature babies born under 32 weeks of gestation. 

Currently we do not know if these will be available for free.

Shingles vaccine

This is freely available to those over the age of 65. It required two injections spaced 2-6 months apart for maximum cover.

It is a highly effective vaccine and replaces the sungle shot on that was previously available.

If you have had the old one you are still eligible for the last one.

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