Vaccines and immunisation

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Children are the age group most commonly vaccinated.
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Vaccines protect you, your child and the whole community from infectious diseases, such as polio and whooping cough (pertussis).

Before vaccines were available, these diseases caused illness, disability and even death. They still can today, especially if people are not vaccinated. Immunisation is important because eradicating an infectious disease can only happen if everyone is protected from it.

In our vaccines and immunisation knowledge hub you’ll find up-to-date information about the vaccines currently available in Australia, who should be vaccinated, the possible side effects of vaccines, as well as some answers to the common questions people ask about vaccines and their safety.

Children are most often vaccinated, but other groups of people may also need vaccination including teenagers, pregnant women, older people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and travellers. Find out more about what vaccinations your children should have and when.

Latest information - vaccines and immunisation

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02 Apr 2014 Recommendations and advice for health professionals for the 2014 influenza season
(Medicine)
01 Apr 2014 Consumer medicine information leaflets (CMIs) for vaccine brands available in Australia. CMIs provide important information to know before, during and after you or your child are vaccinated. Find out more
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
13 Feb 2014 Bacterial strains resistant to multiple antibiotics are a significant problem in Australia, and infections inadvertently imported by travellers have an increasingly important role to play. Leisure travel, human migration and the rise of the medical tourism industry have all contributed to inter-country transfer of resistant superbugs, particularly among people using hospitals overseas. So how can you protect patients who travel?
(Media release)
22 Jan 2014 Following a recent spate of measles cases being reported in a number of Australian states, NPS MedicineWise is reminding parents to check whether their children’s immunisations are up to date before they head back to school next week.
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15 Jan 2014 Travelling abroad can put you at higher risk of catching an infectious disease. Find out about vaccinations for travellers & when you need to have them
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
12 Dec 2013 A summary of the latest NPS Health News and Evidence articles written on topical issues. This month: PTSD: What's your crisis response? | Vaccinate: take a shot at antibiotic resistance | New GP referred MRI items for adults | Fast five: 2013 highlights from NPS MedicineWise | Anticoagulants: an interactive tool | New online case study for GPs, pharmacists and nurses | Expert commentary live: promoting safe use of oral anticoagulants
(Media release)
22 Nov 2013 During Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November) NPS MedicineWise is urging health professionals to use vaccinations as one important way to limit Australia’s use of antibiotics
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
20 Nov 2013 Immunisation can limit the spread of resistant bacterial strains. Are your patients up-to-date with the National Immunisation Program Schedule?
(Media release)
20 Nov 2013 With the holiday season just around the corner and many Australians heading overseas, NPS MedicineWise is urging people to guard against the risk of infection whilst travelling.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
13 Jun 2013 Low vaccination rates increase risk of disease outbreaks. Good communication ensures maximal immunisation uptake and GPs are vitally important to this process.