You should check that you have received all the recommended vaccines, and arrange to receive any missing vaccines from your GP, to protect yourself and the children in your care.
If you’re not vaccinated or immune (previously had the disease) there’s a chance you could catch a potentially serious infection like measles or whooping cough, and then pass it onto the children in your care who are too young to have had all their shots, or who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
* Vaccines purchased privately may be partially covered by private health insurance.
You can request an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR):
As not all vaccination records may be held by the AIR you can also check with your GP, or also with your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 (for records of vaccines given in high school since 2003).
If you’re missing any of the recommended vaccines, please talk to your GP about arranging catch-up vaccination as soon as possible, particularly if you’re planning travel overseas.
More information is available in NSW Health’s Immunisation Enrolment Toolkit (see p.13) and in the NHMRC’s Staying Healthy: Preventing infectiousdiseases in early childhood education and careservices (5th Edition).