Benefits of Immunisation
Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions. Worldwide it has been estimated that immunisation programs prevent approximately 2.5 milion deaths every year.
Vaccination not only protects individuals but also protects the whole community by increasing the level of immunity in the population.
Is Immunisation Safe?
All vaccines used in Australia undergo extensive research and must be approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Before a vaccine can be licensed, it is tested over several years to ensure it is safe and that it works.
However, if you, your child or a client experience an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI), please complete the Immunisation Adverse Event Reporting Form or call the immunisation unit on (02) 6205 2300.
Have you had a reaction after your immunisation?
- Adverse events fact sheet
- Common side effects of vaccine
- Adverse events
- Immunisation Adverse event reporting form
Is immunisation before travelling overseas needed?
It is recommended that you speak with you GP about your travel plans and any immunisations that may be required It is advised that you contact your GP well in advance of travel to ensure sufficient time for vaccinations.
You can also find further information on Smart Traveller.
Yellow fever immunisation may be required if you are travelling or living in West Africa, Latin America or outside urban areas of high risk countries.
If you have visited a yellow fever declared country in the last six days before returning to Australia, Australian Customs officials will ask for a yellow fever vaccination certificate when you re-enter the country. See the Australian Department of Health's fact sheet on yellow fever for further details.
Only Yellow Fever Providers can provide you with the yellow fever vaccination.