Immunisation

Please click on the links below for more information about immunisation:


Why should your child be immunised?

Immunisation from an early age is highly recommended for all Australian children.

Having your child immunised helps protect them against the most serious childhood infections, some of which may be life-threatening. Routine childhood immunisations protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, meningococcal C, chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
 

In the first months of life, a baby is protected from some infectious diseases by antibodies transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy. When these antibodies wear off, the baby is at risk of serious infection. Vaccines may protect against one specific disease or provide immunity for several diseases if a number of antigens are combined in the same vaccine. This can help reduce the number of injections your child needs to have.

(Immunise Australia, 2010)


 

Where and when do I get my child vaccinated?

 

Children need to be immunised at birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 4 years. For a full schedule and description of each vaccination requirement, please click here.

Immunisations can be provided by your doctor, immunisation clinic, community child health nurses and by some hospitals.

For more information about immunisation visit the Immunise Australia website or call the Immunise Australia Information Line on 1800 671 811.


Australian Childhood Immunisation Register

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (the Immunisation Register) is a national register administered by Medicare Australia that records details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia.

The register allows you to:

  • You can get a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time
  • These details can help with eligibility for some Australian Government family assistance payments
  • You are automatically sent an immunisation history statement when your child turns eighteen months, and five years of age, or you can request one at any time
  • Health professionals can track immunisation levels in Australia

Children who are under seven years of age and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the Immunisation Register. If your child isn't enrolled in Medicare, they will be added to the Immunisation Register once we receive their immunisation details from your doctor or immunisation provider.

For more information about the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, visit the Immunisation Register website or call 1800 653 809.