Get the Facts – Immunisation Saves Lives
All parents want the very best for their child’s health. You’re looking after their best interests if you consider the facts so you can make an informed decision about vaccination.
Immunisation saves lives
- Vaccines strengthen your child’s immune system
- All childhood diseases we vaccinate against can cause serious illness, including death
- 93% of five-year-old children in Australia are vaccinated – this figure needs to be as high as possible
- All vaccines available in Australia have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness and are continually monitored
- Skipping or delaying vaccinations puts your child and those around you at risk of contracting serious diseases
- Immunisation is a safe and effective way of giving protection against diseases such as whooping cough and measles.
- Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting your child against serious diseases.
Immunisation protects your child from harmful infections before they come into contact with them. It uses their body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections. When they come in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system remembers it, and responds quickly to prevent the disease from developing.
After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch the disease. If your child does catch the disease, their illness will be less severe and their recovery quicker than an unimmunised child.
Australia’s National Immunisation Program
The Australian Government funds the National Immunisation Program , which provides vaccines against 17 diseases, including 15 diseases important in childhood.
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