Immunisation Awareness

Why are vaccines important?

Immunisation is one of the best ways you can protect yourself, your family and future generations from infectious diseases.
By vaccinating you help wipe out disease that could spread now and into the future.
Vaccines have been proven to eradicate or control serious infectious diseases like smallpox, polio, diphtheria, and tuberculosis (TB).

What is herd immunity?

Herd immunity is when the majority of the population has been vaccinated against a disease, so there will be fewer people left who can spread the infection. This protects the few who cannot be vaccinated due to other health conditions.

How do we know that vaccines are safe?

Research and testing are an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines. Before a vaccine is accepted for use in Australia, it is tested on thousands of people in closely monitored clinical trials. All vaccines used in Australia have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness, and are continually monitored in the community to ensure they are safe.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is a government body that regulates all medicines in Australia, including vaccines.

What can you do to increase vaccine awareness?

  • Teach your family and friends about vaccines
  • Have conversations about how vaccines have been effective in the past
  • Ask your GP about getting the influenza vaccine each winter
  • Check your vaccinations: some of them need booster shots, or may be required to travel overseas
  • Show your appreciation for healthcare researchers and practitioners