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Vaccine preventable diseases

Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) are diseases such as measles or mumps that can be prevented by vaccination. Immunisation programs offer simple and effective ways to protect you, your family and others in the community from certain infections and diseases. This section provides trusted information and links to resources about some of the diseases that are preventable via vaccination.
Cool baths, loose comfortable clothes and calamine lotion can all ease the itchiness from chickenpox.

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness, but can also occur in adults. Here’s how to help ease symptoms and discomfort.

Hepatitis A

Trusted information about Hepatitis A, including common symptoms, how long time it takes for the virus to develop and how to help prevent hepatitis A.

Vaccination is safe and effective in protecting against hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B infection

Hepatitis B can lead to liver damage over time. If it turns out you have hepatitis B, it is important to protect others from infection. Find out how.

School-age girl receiving HPV vaccine injection.

HPV vaccine

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

Lyssavirus is carried by bats in Australia.

Lyssavirus (ABLV)

Find out about Australian bat Lyssavirus, and learn how it can be prevented if you are bitten or scratched by a bat.

Child and paediatrician with a phial of MMR vaccine - measles

Measles

Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or had it before, but it's most common in children. Learn more about this illness.

Meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection caused by Meningococcus bacteria. It can develop quickly, and it can be fatal. Learn about the bacteria a...

Mumps is most common in children.

Mumps

Mumps is an uncommon but contagious viral infection. This article explains what to look out for.

Mild fever of 38 degrees C or more is a common symptom of rubella.

Rubella

Rubella (also known as 'German measles') is best prevented by the MMR vaccination. Learn more about its distinctive rash, other symptoms and treatment...

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Shingles

Find out how to recognise the symptoms shingles and what treatments are available.

Tetanus comes from bacteria

Tetanus

Tetanus is an infection that can be fatal. Because of immunisation, few people now get tetanus in Australia. Find out more about tetanus on our truste...

Treatment of tuberculosis requires a combination of medicines.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body.

Whooping cough is serious in babies under 12 months old.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection and most serious in babies. Here’s how to spot symptoms and protect infants.

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vaccination against a range of bacterial and viral diseases is an integral part of communicable disease control world-wide. Vaccination against a specific disease not only reduces the incidence of that disease, it reduces the social and economic burden of the disease on communities. Very high immunisation coverage can lead to complete blocking of transmission for many vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). The world-wide eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of polio from many countries provide excellent examples of the role of immunisation in disease control.

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Communicable diseases information

This page contains information on some of the activities of the Office of Health Protection, in managing communicable diseases in Australia

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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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Vaccinations

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

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Immunisation

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

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Immunise Australia Program

The Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs, administering the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and communicating information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals.

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Year 8 immunisation program

Immunisations are offered free to all year 8 students diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox, human papillomavirus.

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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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Immunisation Programs

The NSW Immunisation Program provides the community of NSW with protection against vaccine preventable diseases through initiatives targeting infants, children, adolescents, healthcare workers and older people.

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National Immunisation Program Influenza Specialist Group (ISG)

Details about those who are at-risk of influenza and it's complications and are eligible for free vaccination in accordance with the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

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