It’s ok to leave your house to get vaccinated unless you or your child have been directed to self-isolate. Talk to your GP if you are unsure.
It's important to get a flu shot.
Find out the latest information about getting your flu shot (vaccine) on the NSW Health website.
- Why immunise?
- Who needs vaccination?
- Why do children get so many vaccinations?
- Pregnancy protection - vaccines before pregnancy to birth
- After the birth of your baby
- Save the Date to Vaccinate app
Immunisation is the best way to protect you and your family from serious diseases. By immunising you are protecting your child, as well as the broader community.
The more people that immunise their children, the more we can control serious vaccine preventable diseases. High rates of immunisation produce ‘Herd Immunity” within the community. This keeps safe our most vulnerable community members, like babies and people who are very ill.
In Australia, immunisation coverage rates for children are high. Over 90% of children are fully immunised at one, two and five years of age. This high rate of immunisation helps to maintain herd immunity, especially for those who are too young to be immunised or those who are not able to be immunised for medical reasons.
Every member of the community will require vaccination at some stage - to ensure ongoing good health and protection against vaccine preventable diseases. Certain members of the community may not be able to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Your GP (doctor) can help you with deciding when and whether you need vaccinations by reviewing any underlying health conditions, assessing age appropriate vaccinations, as well as discussing any lifestyle or occupational hazards you may encounter.
Flu illness in pregnancy can be serious with an increased risk of premature labour and low birth weight. Flu vaccination during pregnancy is safe and effective and is strongly recommended for all pregnant women. Flu vaccine is free for pregnant women and also provides protection for your baby in the womb and for up to six months after birth.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough is an infection that causes serious illness and, in some cases death, in babies who are too young to be vaccinated. The whooping cough vaccine protects you and your newborn from infection and is recommended before pregnancy on in the last three months of pregnancy, if you have not had the vaccine in the last five years.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
If you catch measles, mumps or rubella during pregnancy you could have a miscarriage, premature delivery or your baby could be born with serious birth defects. If you are not protected you should be vaccinated. It is important that you do not become pregnant for 28 days after vaccination.
Chickenpox can cause severe birth defects if you catch it during pregnancy. You should be vaccinated if you are not protected. Following vaccination, you must avoid becoming pregnant for 28 days.
All pregnant women are tested for hepatitis B infection, as it can pass to their baby during birth. If you have the disease, you should be seen by a specialist and your baby will need to be treated with a medication called ‘immunoglobulin’ and receive hepatitis B vaccine immediately after birth.
It is safe for you to receive routine vaccinations immediately after birth, even if you are breast feeding. You should have the whooping cough vaccine if you have not received it in the last five years or the MMR vaccine if you are not immune to measles or rubella.
Your baby’s first vaccination, hepatitis B, is recommended just after birth. The next scheduled vaccinations are due when your baby is six - eight weeks old.
Why do children get so many immunisations?
A number of immunisations are required in the first few years of a child’s life to protect them against the most serious childhood. The immune system in young children does not work as well as the immune system in older children and adults, because it is still immature. Therefore, more doses of vaccine are often needed.
Another reason why children get many immunisations is that new vaccines against serious infections continue to be developed. However, the number of injections is also being reduced by the use of combination vaccines, where several vaccines are combined into one injection.
Save the Date to Vaccinate
Vaccines provide the best protection if they are given on time. Stay up to date with your child's vaccinations.
Simply download the app, set up your family profiles and the app will create your recommended immunisation schedules, along with handy reminders for when vaccines are due.
Download NSW Health's - Save the Date to Vaccinate app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Find out more about the Save the Date to Vaccinate app
Find out more
You can find out more infomation at:
- National Immunisation Program
- Check out these FAQs- frequently asked questions - such as 'how can I make this easier for my child, what is in vaccines, how do vaccines affect my child's immmunity'