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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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 This free online course on asthma management, immunisation and smoking cessation is for nurse practitioners and GP registrars.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
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
(Consumer publication)
13 Feb 2014 The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer, but we can all protect ourselves against it.
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?
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.
(Medicine)
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 (e-newsletter for health professionals)
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