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We Thought We Gave Him all of His Shots


Daniel Schlosberg
Bachelor of Oral Health (USYD)
University of Notre Dame

Dr Charlotte Hespe MBBS DCH, FRACGP, FAICD

Dr Katherine Smith, B Arts (Psychology), MBBS, Grad Cert Human Resource Management.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are an at-risk population for a number of vaccine-preventable communicable diseases. Whilst a significant proportion of these children live in rural areas, it should not be forgotten that the majority of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population live in urban communities. The current National Immunisation Program Schedule recommends a number of additional vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly those living in high risk areas found in the states of Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.

This case highlights the importance of considering all vaccine-preventable communicable diseases as differential diagnoses in all children, particularly those living in rural and remote areas of Australia, despite a complete vaccination record.

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