Baby turned 18 months at the end of January. In South Africa that signals another round of awful vaccinations. I phoned around and was advised that I should attend at the municipal clinic on 6 Feb when it re-opened for the year. (There was no way I'd ever go to the municipal clinic in South Africa - always went to the paed.) So off we went not knowing what to expect. As expected, it was clean and friendly. In SA baby would have had polio drops, DTP and Hib as well as MMR at 18 months. The Australian schedule is different. Normally an 18 month old would only have had one jab but she had to have 3 to catch up and get in synch with their system. They gave her Hib, MMR and MenoC. Poor thing. Best of all, this was all totally free even though we are mere 457s. We would have paid over R700 for that in SA. They have also plugged in her records into the state system so that is great - she's official. They have discontinued TB vaccines here. As mentioned previously, we met a lovely ex-SA child care nurse who gave us the scoop on one or two things.