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Immunisation and vaccinations

Immunisation and vaccinations are simple and effective preventative measures to help protect children and adults against harmful infections and diseases before they come into contact with them in the community. This section provides trusted information and links to resources about common vaccinations you may need as appropriate to your health, age, lifestyle and occupation.
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Prevention of colds and flu

Good hygiene is one of the most important ways to help prevent colds and flu (influenza). Find out how to prevent colds and flu.

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HPV vaccine

Trusted information about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine can be found on this page.

Immunisation for your child is important not only for them but others in the community.

Immunisation for your child

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. The risks of these diseases far out way the very sma...

Immunisation is a simple and effective way to protect yourself and your baby from certain infections. 

Immunisation and pregnancy

During pregnancy, your immune system is naturally weaker than usual so are more susceptible to certain infections and illnesses which can be harmful t...

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Travel vaccinations

Learn about why vaccinations are important before you travel.

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Vaccine preventable diseases

Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) are diseases such as measles or mumps that can be prevented by an immunisation programme.

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Vaccinations

Find out how vaccines work and what vaccinations your child will have as part of the National Immunisation Program.

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Immunise - Safety of Vaccines

Safety of Vaccines Page last updated: 27 April 2017 Ensuring the safety of vaccines is a critical component of registering vaccines for use in Australia and an integral part of the implementation of the National Immunisation Program

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Immunisation or vaccination - what's the difference?

What's the difference between immunisation and vaccination? Find out more, plus links to trusted resources.

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Flu (influenza) vaccine

The flu vaccine triggers an immune response that can protect you from becoming ill if you are exposed to the influenza virus.

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Immunisation

The articles in this section relate to immunisation, vaccines and vaccination safety.

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Immunisation for your child

Answers to common questions about child immunisation and vaccinations, recommended diseases to be immunised against, plus links to trusted resources.

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Vaccination Influenza Specialist Group (ISG)

Information about the Australian influenza vaccine and myths and misconceptions

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Vaccination safety

Vaccination refers to the act of giving a vaccine to a person. A vaccine is the material used to immunise people against diseases.

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Influenza Vaccine (Flu Vaccine) | myVMC

Flu vaccines are products given to people so that their immune systems are better able to recognise flu (influenza) infection, and therefore has a better chance of fighting it off.

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Vaccination: Australian standard vaccination schedule - myDr.com.au

An easy guide to the vaccinations included in the National Immunisation Schedule as well as some other recommended vaccinations you need.

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