Immunisation protects people against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific infections.
Immunisations are provided by your local doctor, and some local council clinics and community health centers.
Sometimes children who have a chronic illness or who have had an adverse reaction to an immunisation in the past will need to have their next immunisations under careful medical supervision. The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, through The Children's Hospital at Westmead, offers this service.
The NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) is based at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and provides specialist advice on all aspects of immunisation.
Like more information?
There are lots of excellent resources about immunisation.
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) provides information about risks, what's in a vaccine and explains how vaccination effects immunity. You can review the vaccination schedule or watch a video on what happens at your appointment and how to reassure your child.
Visit the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) for factsheets, immunisation schedules and history tables.