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Vaccine-preventable conditions and diseases

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Pneumococcal disease is a contagious disease. Symptoms including fever and headaches. It can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Pneumococcal disease is treated with antibiotics.

Polio is a contagious disease, spread by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever and headaches. Polio can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Due to immunisation, polio is very rare in Australia.

Rotavirus is a highly contagious disease, spread by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea and vomiting. Rotavirus can be prevented with immunisation and attention to hand washing. There is no treatment for rotavirus except for rest and drinking plenty of fluids.

Rubella, or German measles, is a contagious disease with symptoms that include fever and rash. It can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Treatment includes rest, fluids and medication for fever.

Shingles is a viral disease that can cause severe nerve pain. Vaccination is the best protection against shingles.

Tetanus is a life-threatening bacterial infection that causes severe muscle spasms and sometimes death. Tetanus is not contagious and people of all ages can be affected. Tetanus can be prevented by vaccination. Treatment includes being given antitoxin, usually in hospital.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. Symptoms that include fever and long periods of coughing that sound like a ‘whoop’. Whooping cough can affect people of all ages but it is more serious for babies. Whooping cough can be prevented by immunisation. Treatment includes antibiotics.

Last updated: 
15 August 2018