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Young people aged approximately 12 and 13 can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine free at school as part of the National Immunisation Program. Find out more about getting the HPV vaccine for your child, including what diseases it protects against and what to do if a dose is missed.
The Australian Government has commissioned the Australian Academy of Science to develop a suite of educational and promotional materials to raise awareness about measles.
The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines.
Annual influenza vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza and its complications. Annual vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the risk of influenza and its complications.
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ (the Campaign) launched in January to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Annual vaccination is the most effective way of reducing the impact of the flu in the community, especially in residential aged care facilities.
Australia's National Immunisation Strategy for 2019 to 2024 has now been released. The strategy includes eight strategic priority areas for action to complement and strengthen the NIP.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – Get the Facts (the Campaign) has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The report shows how parents and carers responded to the SMS about their child's health a few days after their vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia in 2016-17.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are now recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This makes it easier for you and your healthcare provider to find information about your or your child’s HPV vaccinations.
The Australian Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal through a free national program for 14 to 19 year olds.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with 5 year old children having the highest coverage rates in history. 94% of Australian 5 year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds are now fully vaccinated.
A national immunisation coverage target provides a goal against which Australia can measure its immunisation coverage. The Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 encourages countries to demonstrate a commitment to immunisation.
From early 2018, young Australians have free access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 that protects against more types of HPV infection.