Immunisation or vaccination - what's the difference?
What's the difference between immunisation and vaccination?
Immunisation for your child
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.
Learn about why vaccinations are important before you travel.
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.
Vaccine preventable diseases
Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) are diseases such as measles or mumps that can be prevented by an immunisation programme.
Free meningococcal vaccine to help protect Australian teenagers
More than 1 million teenagers will get a free meningococcal vaccine over the next 4 years, once it's added to the National Immunisation Schedule in April 2019.
Yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by an infected mosquito in areas of Africa, Central or South America. Vaccination is recommended.
How do I know if I'm immune to measles?
Cases of measles have risen by 30% globally, and in places where it was eradicated — including Australia. Now's the time to check your immunity to measles or get vaccinated.
Diphtheria is a rare infectious bacterial disease that usually affects the nose and throat. Learn more about its vaccination, symptoms and how it spreads.
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease, spread from person to person via droplets in the air. Learn about the symptoms and why vaccination is essential.