Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your children and safeguard the health of future generations. Immunisation remains the safest and most effective way to stop the spread of many of the world’s most infectious diseases. If enough people in the community are immunised, the infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease can die out altogether. Immunisation is a simple, safe and highly effective way of protecting children and adults from harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It is estimated that vaccinations currently save up to three million lives worldwide each year.
Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific viral infections. When a person is vaccinated, their body produces an immune response in the same way their body would after exposure to a disease, but without the person suffering symptoms of the disease. When a person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond fast enough to prevent the person developing the disease.
Immunisation protects more than just one child’s health. Vaccinating a child will reduce the opportunity for that child to pass that disease on to another – especially young babies who cannot yet been fully immunised.
When levels of immunisation in a community are sufficiently high, the risk of specific diseases can fall so low that even those who are too young or too sick to be given a vaccine will not be exposed to it. This communal or ‘herd immunity’ can save countless lives.
During the first few years of your child’s life he or she will need a number of immunisations to offer protection against the most serious childhood infections.
To see the latest national immunisation program schedule for your child, click HERE.
The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) was established in 1996 and is a national register that records details of vaccinations.
You can obtain a record of your child’s immunisation history through your My Health Record. You will need to register for online services at the following link, and then you will be able to request a history statement. Alternatively, you can call AIR on 1800 653 809 and request that a statement to be sent to you.
Please contact Reception on (08) 9535 1166 to make an appointment or book online with your doctor to discuss immunisations.