About immunisation

Find out about immunisation, how it protects you and your family and how to get started with the basic facts.

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Not sure how immunisation works or why it’s important? To get started with the basic facts, take a look at:

  • What is immunisation?
    Immunisation protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them.  It uses your body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections. 
  • How does immunisation work? 
    Immunisation makes your immune system stronger. It helps your body to quickly fight against bacteria and viruses.
  • Why get immunised? 
    Immunisation is a safe and effective way of giving protection against disease. Immunisation not only protects you and your family, but also the whole community by helping to control serious diseases.
  • Who can be immunised? 
    Most people can be immunised. If you have any concerns about your own or your child’s health, talk to your doctor first.
  • When do I get immunised? 
    Your health, age, lifestyle and job can determine the vaccines you may need.
  • Where can I get immunised? 
    Immunisation providers across Australia provide vaccination services.
  • Are vaccines safe? 
    Getting vaccinated is one of the safest ways to protect against diseases. Serious side effects are rare.
  • Immunisation policy and governance 
    The Australian Government receives advice from experts and researchers to ensure safe immunisation services.
Last updated: 
2 May 2019

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