Why immunise my child?

Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting your child from harmful, contagious diseases. These diseases can cause serious illness, disability, and in some cases, death.

    Why your child needs to be immunised

    Childhood diseases such as measles and whooping cough (pertussis) are serious and potentially fatal.

    Some of the diseases children are vaccinated against, like whooping cough and the flu, are still common in Australian.

    Other diseases, like measles, are less common in Australia but are more common in neighbouring countries. We vaccinate children to protect them from diseases that travellers can bring here.

    Some of the diseases we vaccinate children against, like polio, have become very rare because vaccination has stopped them from spreading.

    We still vaccinate Australian children against these diseases so that they won’t be able to come back.

    Benefits of immunising

    By getting your child fully vaccinated you are helping to save lives by:

    • protecting your child against serious illness 
    • protecting vulnerable people in your community 
    • helping to wipe out diseases now and into the future.

      Page last updated: 11 Aug 2017