What to immunise against

Immunisation from vaccine-preventable diseases saves around 3 million lives worldwide each year and helps to prevent outbreaks and hospitalisations.

Influenza (the flu)

The flu is highly contagious and very serious. It can result in hospitalisation or worse. It is generally most serious for children under 5, people over 65, pregnant women and people with health conditions. Check out the signs and symptoms of the flu and find out how vaccination stops it spreading.

Measles

We thought we eradicated the measles virus in Australia back in 2014, but now it’s back – and outbreaks are happening across the globe. Find out what that means for you, and how you can avoid it.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough (Pertussis) is a well-known disease, but equally scary and serious – that can lead to pneumonia and brain damage. Find out if you or your family is at risk, and how you can prevent its spread.

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease isn’t easy to catch, but it’s a severe infection caused by bacteria from the nose or throat invading the body. The bacteria can either infect the lining around the brain and spinal cord, cause blood poisoning, or both. Find out who is most at risk, and how to recognise the symptoms.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is mainly spread with sexual contact which can cause genital warts and cancer. HPV can be prevented with safe sex, regular cervical tests and vaccinations. Find out about how you can protect yourself and other people with the safe and effective HPV vaccine.

Other vaccine preventable diseases

Vaccination can prevent a whole series of diseases taking hold, including hepatitis, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and tetanus.