A GP guide to complications of vaccine-preventable diseases

Sequelae of preventable diseases remain a compelling argument for immunisation completion
Swollen gland of a child with mumps parotitis. Photo: SPL

While many GPs will not have encountered complications of vaccine-preventable diseases, the threat of rare and life-threatening sequelae in infected children remains.

Despite longstanding and effective vaccines, the common live-vaccine preventable viruses — varicella zoster virus (VZV), measles, mumps and rubella — remain a threat in Australia.