Immunisation

The Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Immunisation Program aims to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by providing appropriate and timely information about vaccine preventable diseases and the Immunise Australia Program to immunisation providers and the community and promote the delivery of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems in the community. Immunisation not only protects individuals from life-threatening diseases, but also dramatically reduces transmission in the community. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread.

Immunisation history statement

You can get a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time:

If the details of the immunisation history statement are not up to date, contact your health provider.

Websites

 

If you’re interested in knowing the history of vaccination, and why it is important, these reputable sites can offer valuable information:

Immunise Australia

The Immunise Australia Program funds the purchase of vaccinations to protect millions of Australians from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Australian Government’s Immunise Australia Program implements the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule, which currently includes vaccines against a total of 16 diseases. These include routine childhood vaccinations against diseases that were once widely fatal, such as measles, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis), as well as more recently developed vaccines, such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the meningococcal C vaccine.

NSW Health

Supports the implementation of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Provides state based information about vaccinations for all ages.

NCIRS

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is a research organisation that provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases, social and other issues related to immunisation to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia. The website offers vaccine preventable disease and immunisation information for immunisation providers, academics and consumers.

The information on this website is primarily intended for use by immunisation providers and academics in the field of vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation. It may also be of interest to other members of the community seeking information in this area – Consumer resources.

Australian Academy of Science – The Science of Immunisation

This publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in immunisation science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist.

Chain of Protection

Chain of Protection is your video resource on immunisation. See short video clips on why immunisation matters, how vaccines work and what types of infectious diseases you need to protect yourself from. Build your Chain of Protection by learning about vaccines, acting on the information by updating your own immunisations and caring for others by helping them get immunised.

World Health Organisation

Information about WHO immunisation program policy, publications and statistics related to immunisation.

 

Useful tools and resources

 

Save the date to vaccinate app

  • Each vaccine plays an important role, so timely vaccination is the best way to protect your child. This website offers parents access to comprehensive information on immunisation as well as the following, easy-to-use free tools designed to help you save the date to vaccinate.

NSW Health Immunisation Schedule

Get the facts - Immunisation saves lives

  • This campaign aims to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated. Research shows that when people are fully informed about the benefits of vaccination, they are more likely to vaccinate. While immunisation rates in Australia are already high, with 93 per cent of five-year-old children fully vaccinated, there are some areas where the immunisation rate is too low. It is these pockets of low coverage which pose risks to the community, especially to people:
    • who can’t be vaccinated, like newborns
    • with certain medical conditions.

Understanding Childhood Immunisation

  • A booklet with questions and answers about immunisation for children, including vaccine preventable diseases, vaccines, vaccine side effects and eligibility for national vaccine programs.

Child Personal Health Record (Blue Book)

  • The Blue Book is important for you and your child. It records your child’s health, illnesses, injuries, and growth and development as well as immunisations. The Blue Book also contains valuable health information that you and your child will need throughout their life.  Available in English and in other languages. If your child was born overseas, you can get a free copy from Better Health Centre. Phone: 02 9887 5450.

Pregnant Women

Immunisation Myths and Realities

  • Myths and Realities: responding to arguments against immunisation gives health professionals information to address some of the most commonly held myths about immunisation.

Busting anti-vaccine myths: 100 sites on the real science of immunisation

 

Travellers

 

While many infectious diseases have been controlled in Australia due to widespread vaccination and other public health measures, this is not the case in many overseas countries. Travelling can expose us to these diseases and other diseases that do not occur in Australia. In rare cases these infections can be fatal.

You need to visit your doctor at least 6 weeks before you depart Australia to ensure the best protection from infections whilst travelling using immunisation.

Pregnant women, babies and young children, the elderly as well as people with a weakened immune system (due to a medical condition or certain medicines) are especially at risk of infection when travelling.

 

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