The City of Port Lincoln provides a free school based immunisation service to students for immunisation against Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Diptheria, Hepatitis, Tetanus and Meningococcal C. Immunisation is the most successful method to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases.
Parents are urged to have their children immunised. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety of any vaccine, then discuss those issues with your family doctor, or visit the South Australia Health Department's immunisation web page by clicking here.
Ross River Virus (RRV) is an infectious agent carried by mosquitoes, and is of concern because it can cause a potentially debilitating form of Ross River disease called Epidemic Polyarthritis. While not considered a fatal disease, it can linger for many months and produce debilitating symptoms. Port Lincoln has experienced RRV epidemics, the last one occurring over 2000 and 2001. Mosquitoes can of course transmit other diseases, so it is advisable that people take simple precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten. Please call into the council's office for some free information.