Health Info - Immunisation
Immunisation is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of harmful infections.
The more people are immunised in the community, the less likely diseases will spread and affect those who are vulnerable and unable to be immunised.
Modern vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. Occasionally vaccines may have side effects, however the majority are mild and quickly resolved.
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule outlines which immunisations should be given from newborns to adults. Vaccines through the NIP are free for eligible people. Individuals aged 10 to 19, refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 and over are now eligible to receive free catch-up vaccines.
For more information on when to get vaccinated, eligibility and catch-up vaccinations, visit the National Immunisation Program Schedule.