What is it?
Immunisation is the process of getting a vaccine against a serious disease. Vaccines contain very weak forms of certain diseases. When you get a vaccine, your immune system creates antibodies, which are agents that fight diseases. If you come into contact with the same disease in future, your immune system uses these antibodies to respond quickly and kill the disease before it develops. In some cases, you might get a less serious form of the disease.
Vaccines for babies and young children are funded under the Department of Health's National Immunisation Program. Most vaccines are given by injection. The Australian Immunisation Register keeps a record of your immunisation history.
Immunisation protects you, your family and the community. It reduces the spread of disease and protects people before they encounter an infectious disease.
If you aren’t sure whether you or your family’s immunisations are up to date, your GP may be able to order tests to check. If you have any questions about immunisations, speak with your GP.
Talk to your GP about the COVID-19 vaccine and your eligibility.