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Vaccine preventable diseases

Cool baths, loose comfortable clothes and calamine lotion can all ease the itchiness from chickenpox.

Chickenpox (varicella)

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

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

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be prevented by vaccination. There are 2 doses given free to both girls and boys aged 12-13 years, ideally before ...

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 haven't had measles before, but it's most common in kids. 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 a contagious viral infection, most common in children between 5 and 15 years. These days it’s rare thanks to effective immunisation.

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

Rubella (German measles)

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

Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.

You can catch tetanus if you have an open wound.

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

This highly infectious disease, which mostly affects the lungs, can be spread through coughing, sneezing, speaking or even singing.

Whooping cough is serious in babies under 12 months old.

Whooping cough

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

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Department of Health | 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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Department of Health | 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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Immunisation for your child

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.

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Community (herd) immunity | Australian Government Department of Health

If enough people in a community are immunised against an infectious disease, there is less of the disease in the community, which makes it harder for the disease to spread. Immunisation protects both people who are vaccinated and also helps the entire community. It helps protect those who are too young to be vaccinated and those who cant be vaccinated for medical reasons. This is known as community (herd) immunity.

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Department of Health | Office of Health Protection (OHP)

This page contains information on the roles of OHP and the responsibilities of each Branch.

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Immunisation Coalition | Kids - Immunisation Coalition

Find out how to protect your kids from infectious diseases. Keep up to date with the Childhood National Immunisation Program schedule.

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Department of Health | Australian national notifiable diseases and case definitions

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) has agreed that the following list of communicable diseases are to be notified nationally and provided to the Commonwealths National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). CDNA has developed the Surveillance Case Definitions available on this page.

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Immunisation

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

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Immunisation or vaccination - what's the difference?

What's the difference between immunisation and vaccination?

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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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