Wizard Pharmacy is proud to be part of the initiative to increase vaccination rates amongst Australians by offering our local communities, immunisations against certain illnesses such as influenza, whooping cough, measles and meningococcal disease.
The NIP Schedule is a series of immunisations given at specific times throughout your life. Your local Wizard pharmacist can now administer a range of NIP vaccinations to every person enrolled in Medicare and aged 5 years and over.1 You can view the list of available vaccinations approved for each state or territory HERE.
At Wizard, we are making it easier and more affordable to protect yourself and your loved ones from vaccine preventable diseases.
The vaccines that Pharmacists are able to administer are:
Any adult with a gap in their vaccine schedule
Adult relatives, such as grandparents, who will be coming into contact with babies and need a booster shot for whooping cough
People wanting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine but are not eligible for the State-funded program
Bookings and walk-ins are welcome. It is advised to call to ensure your local pharmacy has the required vaccine and the Pharmacist who can vaccinate is available.
The cost of vaccination services will vary depending on the type of vaccine. Please contact your local Wizard Pharmacy to check.
Yes. Wizard Pharmacists are trained to administer the vaccinations to people 5 years of age and over.
Our trained Pharmacists are available to administer the vaccinations to people over the age of 16.
No, a prescription is not required if your Pharmacist is administering the vaccine at the pharmacy.
All vaccinations administered at a Wizard Pharmacy are reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to all people of all ages and information in the Register is accessible by authorised health professionals such as GPs, Nurse Immunisers and Pharmacists, as well as by individuals for their own records and those of their children.
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Whooping cough is a bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. It is an airborne respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold. It can affect people of all ages, but is particularly serious in young children and babies. It is often life-threatening in babies less than 6 months of age. Whopping cough is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. The disease is named ‘whooping cough’ because the cold-like symptoms are followed by long periods of coughing fits, which cause the infected person to make a high-pitched ‘whoop’ when inhaling after coughing.
Symptoms usually start about 7 to 10 days after catching whooping cough and may include:
blocked or runny nose
uncontrolled bouts of coughing that sounds like a ‘whoop’ or are followed by a ‘whooping’ noise
vomiting after coughing
The whooping cough vaccine is only available in combination with diphtheria and tetanus.
The dTpa (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough) vaccine is recommended for anyone who wishes to protect themselves against these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can also protect other people, especially those who are too young to be vaccinated and help prevent the disease from spreading.
It is important for healthcare workers and anyone who will be having contact with newborn babies to ensure that they receive the booster vaccine against whooping cough. This includes partners of pregnant women, grandparents, extended family and friends.
Women should have a whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy. The vaccine is free for pregnant women from their GP. A booster dose is recommended for adults every 10 years.
All medicines including vaccines, can have side effects, however, most of these side effects are minor. Common side effects following the whooping cough vaccine include soreness, redness, pain, fever and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve without any treatment within a few days. If you are concerned, you should contact your local GP or Wizard Pharmacist.
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-services/whooping-cough-pertussis-immunisation-service-0
Measles, mumps and rubella are all highly contagious viral infections that can cause serious complications. They are all spread by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Measles causes a rash and fever. Complications include pneumonia, middle ear infections and swelling of the brain (encephalitis).
Mumps causes fever and swollen salivary glands. Complications include inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or of the heart (myocarditis).
Rubella (German measles) causes a skin rash and joint pain. It is usually a mild illness but for pregnant women the disease can cause life-long problems for their babies.
Immunisation is the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella and is highly recommended for all adults that haven’t already had two boosters, particularly those in high-risk groups like healthcare workers, parents or childcare workers, as well as those set to travel overseas.
Measles symptoms usually start about 10 to 12 days after catching the virus and may include:
generally feeling unwell
sore, red eyes (conjunctivitis)
red rash (usually not itchy and disappears after about 1 week)
Mumps symptoms usually start about 12 to 25 days after catching the virus and may include:
swelling of the face
aches and pains
loss of appetite
painful chewing or swallowing.
Rubella symptoms usually start about 14 to 21 days after catching the virus and may include:
swollen lymph glands
sore red eyes.
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine offers protection against all 3 diseases in a single injection.
Anyone born after 1965 that does not have documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine is recommended to receive this vaccine. It is particularly recommended for young adult travellers who may be visiting countries where measles continues to circulate, such as Asia and Europe or for women at least 4 weeks before becoming pregnant.
Unfortunately, the vaccine is not suitable for women who are pregnant or planning to fall pregnant soon. If you fall into this category, please speak to your GP for more advice.
All medicines including vaccines, can have side effects, however, most of these side effects are minor. Common side effects following the MMR vaccine include soreness, redness, pain, fever and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve without any treatment within a few days. If you are concerned, you should contact your local GP or Wizard Pharmacist.
Source: Western Australia Government, Department of Health https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/en/Articles/J_M/Measles-mumps-rubella-MMR-vaccine
Meningococcal disease is caused by strains of the bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis. It is transmitted through close contact with mucus from an infected person. The disease is rare but can be serious and life-threatening. Symptoms appear suddenly and people can die very quickly without medical help. There are subtypes of meningococcal disease and they are given different letters of the alphabet. The main types seen in Australia are Meningococcus B, W and Y.
If you have any of the symptoms listed below and/or suspect you have meningococcal disease, please seek immediate medical attention:
rash of red or purple pinprick spots, or larger bruise-like areas
discomfort when you look at bright light
nausea or vomiting
feeling very, very sick
Other possible symptoms include:
loss of appetite or refusing to feed (in young children)
irritability or fretfulness
extreme tiredness or floppiness (in young children)
aching or sore muscles
painful or swollen joints
difficulty walking, and maybe collapsing
grunting or moaning
having fits or twitching (in young children)
Several vaccines are available in Australia, however no single vaccine protects against all strains of meningococcal bacteria.
Your GP or Wizard Pharmacist can advise you about which vaccines are available and appropriate for you.
Anyone who wants to protect themselves against meningococcal disease can talk to their GP or Pharmacist about getting immunised. Meningococcal vaccination is recommended for:
healthy adolescents aged 16-19 years
adolescents and young adults living together in close quarters, such as dormitories
adolescents and young adults who are current smokers
people who are travelling overseas, especially to places where meningococcal disease is more common
people who have medical conditions that increase their risk of invasive meningococcal disease for example, people who have certain blood disorders
people with weakened immune systems, such as people without a functioning spleen, people living with HIV and people who have had a stem cell transplant
laboratory workers who work with the bacterium that causes meningococcal disease
Certain people may be eligible to receive some of the vaccines under the National Immunisation Program. Ask your local Wizard Pharmacy for more information.
All medicines including vaccines, can have side effects, however, most of these side effects are minor. Common side effects following the meningococcal vaccine include soreness, redness, pain, fever and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve without any treatment within a few days. If you are concerned, you should contact your local GP or Wizard Pharmacist.
Source: Australia Government, Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-services/meningococcal-immunisation-service-0
HPV is a common, sexually transmitted virus affecting both males and females. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers including cervical cancer in women, and cancers of the genital area, mouth and throat in men and women.
Up to 90 percent of males and females will be infected with at least one genital type of HPV at some time in their lives. When exposed to HPV, the body's immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small percentage of people, however, HPV infection may survive for many years causing pre-cancerous lesions to become invasive cervical cancer.
HPV is sexually transmitted and you can get HPV from:
Vaccination is the best protection against the types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. All boys and girls aged 12 to 13 years should have the HPV vaccine.
In most cases, HPV does not cause symptoms. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts, which appear as small growths on or around the genitals and anus. The warts may be:
Another type of HPV can cause precancerous cervical cell changes. This can eventually lead to cervical cancer if not detected and treated. There are usually no symptoms, but some people may experience:
The HPV vaccine is often called the ‘cervical cancer vaccine’ as it protects against seven types of HPV, which cause:
HPV immunisation is recommended for:
The best time to be immunised against HPV is before you become sexually active. Ask your local Wizard Pharmacist or GP for more information.
The vaccine is not suitable for people with certain bleeding disorders or a yeast allergy, or for pregnant women (although research shows there will be no significant effect on you or your baby if you have the vaccine and later find out you are pregnant). Ask your GP or local Wizard Pharmacist if you are not sure whether you should be vaccinated against HPV.
All medicines including vaccines, can have side effects, however, most of these side effects are minor. Common side effects following the HPV vaccine include soreness, redness, pain, fever and swelling at the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and resolve without any treatment within a few days. If you are concerned, you should contact your local GP or Wizard Pharmacist.
Source: Aust Govt Dept of Health https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/hpv-human-papillomavirus