Vaccines and immunisation

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Children are the age group most commonly vaccinated.

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.

Related information - vaccines and immunisation


26 Jun 2016 Vaccinations for flu (influenza): who needs them and who is eligible
05 Aug 2015 What to do if your child has a fever because of a respiratory tract infection (RTI) or vaccination, including when to seek medical advice and when to give paracetamol or ibuprofen.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
25 Mar 2015 Winter is approaching, and so is the flu season. Find out what’s new for influenza vaccines in 2015.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
02 Jun 2014 The new meningococcal B vaccine 4CMenB is under enhanced TGA monitoring because of an increased risk of fever in young children, and is to be given with prophylactic paracetamol in children under 2 years.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
27 May 2014 Benji is a 3-year-old boy presenting in the Emergency Department of the local hospital with shortness of breath. He is brought in by his mother Bridgit. This case study covers asthma management, immunisation, and smoking cessation.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
02 Apr 2014 Recommendations and advice for health professionals for the 2014 influenza season
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.
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