It's a good idea to check your or your child's immunisation history before you book an appointment. Once you've booked, prepare yourself or your child so you know what to expect during the vaccination visit. Learn what to look out for after the visit and what to do if you're worried. Finally, set up reminders so you know when your next appointment is due.
Want to get vaccinated but not sure where to start? Follow our six steps:
- Check immunisation history
If you’re not sure what vaccines you or your child have received, you can request an immunisation history statement from the national registers.
- Book an appointment
You can book an appointment to get vaccinated through a range of providers, including your local GP.
- Prepare for your visit
Tips on how to prepare for your own or your child’s vaccination to make it less stressful.
- During your visit
During your visit, your vaccination provider will ask questions about your own or your child’s health to make sure vaccinations are safe.
- After your visit
Sometimes you may experience mild reactions from vaccines, such as pain at the injection site, a rash or a fever. Find out what to look out for and what you should do if you’re worried.
- Get immunisation reminders
Don’t forget when your vaccinations are due. Smartphone reminder apps are a great way to manage your or your child’s vaccination schedule.