Immunisation or vaccination - what's the difference?
What's the difference between immunisation and vaccination?
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.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through sexual contact. HPV causes most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, but vaccination helps to prevent it.
Vaccine preventable diseases
Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) are diseases such as measles or mumps that can be prevented by an immunisation programme.
Immunisation for your child
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.
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 to you and your developing baby.
Cholera is an illness that gives you severe diarrhoea and dehydration. It is most likely to be found in parts of the world with poor water and sanitary services.
Rotavirus is a viral illness that can cause severe diarrhoea. Learn more about its causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment options available.
Clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to test new treatments.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all Australians throughout 2021. Learn about how the vaccine was developed, how it works and when you might be eligible.