Immunisation and vaccination

Immunisation document

The Alerts section of this website contains information on pressing health matters of importance to you. Visit this section regularly to stay informed about emerging health issues.

Immunisation is an important issue for parents, travellers and people who are at risk for some diseases. See the listing below for comprehensive information about current issues in this area.

Immunisation and Vaccination A-Z

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects women against certain strains of the HPV virus which are known to cause 7 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer. The Australian Government provided free vaccine to females aged 12 and 26 through the National HPV Vaccination Program catch-up from 2007 to 2009. HPV vaccine is now available free to year 7 high school girls and boys through the school based vaccination program.

More info about the rollout of HPV for boys can be found here

Your General Practitioner or the nurses in the CYWH Program can provide you and your family with all the information and support you require about the current immunisation schedule. Community Health offers a range of free immunisations for all children in the ACT. For advice and general information on immunisation please call the Immunisation Information Line on (02) 6205 2300.

Communicable Disease Control (CDC) monitors and reduces the spread of communicable diseases in the ACT. CDC coordinates the ACT component of the national immunisation program; disease outbreak investigation and control activities; and licensing and inspection of businesses that conduct skin penetration procedures. Phone Communicable Disease Control on (02) 6205 2155 during business hours.

The Australian Government's National Immunisation Program Schedule (0 - 4 Years) is valid from July 2007 as the definitive guide to when to vaccinate your children against various diseases.

With winter and the Influenza season in mid stream, Canberrans are being urged to get their annual flu shot, if they have not already done so, to help stop the spread of the infection.

Parents can now get electronic copies of their children's immunisation records as part of this new service offered by Medicare Australia. Children less than seven years old enrolled with Medicare should be automatically listed on the online register. Parents can register with Medicare Australia or telephone 132 011 for more information.

This website provides information about immunisation and Australian immunisation standards, including translations of some materials. Based on accurate information available at this time, the Immunise Australia Program website will help you to make informed decisions. If you have any further questions about immunisation, please talk to your doctor or health care provider.

The H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) virus is a new strain of influenza, seen in outbreaks around the world and in Australia. A new vaccine to protect people from H1N1 Influenza or Swine Flu called Panvax H1N1 is now available.

Being medicinewise will help you make better health decisions for you and those you care for. We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted. Being medicinewise will help you to get the most benefit from your medicines.

This decision aid has been designed to help you decide whether to immunise your child with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. This decision aid is for you, if you are a parent or caregiver of a child due for vaccination and you want more information about MMR vaccination.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) carries out research and gives independent expert advice about all aspects of diseases which can be prevented by vaccination, particularly in children. It provides a national perspective on social and other issues related to immunisation.

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) have agreed that the following list of communicable diseases are to be notified nationally.

The Smartraveller website is the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service. It also gives you health information and tips to help you have a hassle-free and healthy journey.

The Traveller's Medical and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) website gives you advice on recommended vaccinations, travel health and current health alerts for overseas travel. Phone the TMVC's Canberra Clinic, located on Level 5 of Jacobs House at 8-10 Hobart Place in the city, on (02) 6257 7156 to make an appointment.

Immunisation is an important issue for parents, travellers and people who are at risk for some diseases. Link to this information from the Australian Government's health Insite website on immunisation, and the diseases that vaccines can protect against, such as chickenpox, diptheria, whooping cough, meningococcal disease, hepatitis, haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB), measles, mumps and rubella, poliomyelitis and tetanus.

VaxVan travels all over the ACT and surrounding districts to provide an on-site vaccination service to adults and youth for influenza and whooping cough. VaxVan caters for both individuals and organisations. View the current VaxVan schedule and contact details at or phone (02) 6282 1100.

Visit the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for the Western Pacific website to get an overview of immunisation issues in our region.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.