Who should get vaccinated and when
The best time to immunise against each disease varies. On-time vaccination offers the best protection. Find out who should get vaccinated and when.
What to vaccinate against
Immunisation from vaccine preventable diseases saves around 3 million lives worldwide each year and helps to prevent outbreaks and hospitalisations.
Where to get vaccinated
Getting vaccinated is easy. You can get most vaccines from your GP or other vaccine service providers. Find out where to get vaccinated.
Your vaccination record is the history of all the vaccines you’ve had. Find out how vaccines are recorded and how to access records of them.
If you’re travelling to countries where immunisation rates are low or preventable infectious diseases are common, you will need to get vaccinated. See your doctor before your departure to ensure you are protected.
Vaccination and pregnancy
Influenza (the flu) and whooping cough can be life-threatening for mums and bubs. Find out why vaccinations during pregnancy are important and when you should get them.
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It is important that your decisions about immunisations are based on facts. Want to know how immunisation works? Or if vaccinations are safe? Get all the facts.
Learn how vaccines work
Vaccines contain small amounts of dead, weakened or partial virus/bacteria. When they are injected into the body, the immune system responds by producing antibodies (substances that fight off infection and disease) in the body. These antibodies can be quickly produced if you contract the virus or bacteria in the future, stopping the disease or reducing its impact.
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Last updated: April 2023