Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. It is one of the most effective, and cost-effective medical interventions to prevent disease.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunised person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.

A selection of the vaccines which can prevent these diseases are included in the National Immunisation Schedule.

Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injections and mild fever. While these symptoms may be upsetting at the time, the benefit is protection from the disease. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare.

Latest updates

13 April 2017: Coverage update, Immunisation Week, Changes to the National Immunisation Schedule, Vaccinator Training, Influenza, National Cold Chain Standards, Other communicable diseases, Bowel Screening (Word, 184 KB)

1 March 2017:  Coverage update, Entering HPV vaccines in your PMS, Proposal for pharmacists to provide funded vaccines, Influenza, Measles and mumps (Word, 190 KB), (pdf, 190 KB)

16 December 2016: Coverage Update, Cold Chain, 2017 Schedule Changes, Infectious Disease Legislation (Word, 183 KB)

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