Who is considered ‘medically at risk’?
Children with certain conditions are considered to be ‘medically at-risk’. This is because they are either at higher risk of developing the particular infection, at more risk of complications as a result of the infection and/or might need additional vaccine doses to provide sufficient ongoing immunity. What conditions fall into the ‘medically at-risk’ category will be different for the different vaccine-preventable diseases. As well as those with certain conditions, children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin are also considered at higher risk of developing certain vaccine-preventable diseases and may require additional vaccinations.
Talk to your doctor if you think that your child has a chronic medical condition about whether additional vaccines are required.
Sources & Citations
- Queensland Government. Medically at-risk groups. Available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/immunisation/increased-risk/medical (accessed 7 July 2018).
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