Immunisation facts in 90 seconds
If you're a mum, dad or caregiver of a child
five years and under,
It's important to know the facts about immunisation.
Over 94% of five year old children in Australia
are fully vaccinated.
This is good, but it's still not high enough.
Some areas in our country have lower immunisation
rates, and this puts the whole community at
Particularly new born babies.
This is called community immunity.
When more children are vaccinated, it lowers
the risk of serious diseases spreading in
All childhood diseases we vaccinate against
in Australia, like whooping cough and measles
can cause serious illness, including death.
Vaccinations strengthen your child's immune
They work by making your child's body produce
an immune response, including antibodies whose
job it is to fight disease.
Vaccines are proven to be a safe and effective
way of protecting your child against these
In Australia, we thoroughly test all vaccines
available to the public for safety and effectiveness,
and continually monitor them.
Skipping or delaying vaccinations puts your
child and those around you at risk of contracting
That's why it's really important to immunise
If you forget, speak to your doctor or child
health nurse about catching up.
So remember, immunisation protects all our
Immunisation saves lives.
Page last updated: 24 Jan 2019