Protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them.  It uses your body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections.

Immunisation makes your immune system stronger. It helps your body to quickly fight against bacteria and viruses.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.

Most people can be immunised. If you have any concerns about your own or your child’s health, talk to your doctor first. Your health, age, lifestyle and job can determine the vaccines you may need.



Getting your child vaccinated

It’s a good idea to check your or your child’s immunisation history before you book an appointment.

Once you’ve booked, prepare yourself or your child so you know what to expect during the vaccination visit. Learn what to look out for after the visit and what to do if you’re worried.

Finally, set up reminders so you know when your next appointment is due.You can use smartphone apps to remind you when vaccines for you or your child are due.

Find out what immunisations are recommended for:

Extra immunisations are recommended for:

Free essential vaccines are offered through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for eligible infants, children, adolescents and adults. View the NIP Schedule to find out more.

You may need other vaccines not provided through the NIP or state and territory immunisation programs. You can purchase additional vaccines privately when you need to. Talk to your doctor if you think you or someone in your care may need additional vaccines.