Vaccination not only protects individuals, but also protects others in the community by increasing the overall level of immunity in the population and thus minimising the spread of infection. This concept is known as ‘herd immunity’.
Australia has one of the most comprehensive publicly funded immunisation programs in the world. The “National Immunisation Program Schedule” outlines the recommended vaccination schedule for:
As a result of Australian vaccination programs – many of which are government funded – many diseases, for example, tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis, do not occur now or are extremely rare.
The Australian Academy of Science provides information that explains the science of immunisation in clear and easy-to-understand language, with the aim of supporting you to make good health decisions based on science. Visit The Science of Vaccinations to see more.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has developed a range of fact sheets that provide information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their impact in Australia.
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation provides tools and resources around immunisation so you have the information you need to make decisions for your family.