Are you at Risk?
Are you or a family member having a baby?
Immunisations recommended for pregnant women
During pregnancy, changes to your immune system mean that you may be more at risk of some infections and illnesses which may be harmful to you and your baby. Immunisation can protect you against some of these infections. It is important that you discuss immunisation with your doctor or health care provider.
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Pertussis (whooping cough) – Protecting your newborn Q&A
- Pertussis (whooping cough) – Vaccination for pregnant women
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- Pregnancy and Immunisation flyer
- Are you pregnant - whooping cough pregnant women poster
- Influenza (flu)
- Pregnancy and Immunisation
Immunisations recommended for families of pregnant women
Do you have a job that puts you at risk?
- Health Care Worker (HCW)
- Persons who work with Children
- Laboratory personnel
- Persons who work with animals
- Emergency and essential Services workers
- Persons who work with specific communities
- Other person exposed to human tissue, blood, body fluids or sewage
Are you Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander?
- ACT Immunisation Schedule
Over 2,500 Australians die each year from complications caused by influenza. Less than half the people most at risk of developing life threatening complications from influenza are being vaccinated annually.
Influenza is not a cold. It is a highly contagious disease, so these immunisation rates must be increased to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. They include the elderly, those with suppressed immunity of any age and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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- Immunise our children to stay healthy poster (young girl)
- Immunise our children to stay healthy poster (baby)
Are you elderly or have a chronic illness?
Do you have children requiring extra vaccines?
Is immunisation before I travel overseas needed?
It is recommended that you speak with you GP about your travel plans and any immunisations that may be required It is advised that you contact your GP well in advance of travel to ensure sufficient time for vaccinations.
You can also find further information on Smart Traveller.
Yellow fever immunisation may be required if you are travelling or living in West Africa, Latin America or outside urban areas of high risk countries.
If you have visited a yellow fever declared country in the last six days before returning to Australia, Australian Customs officials will ask for a yellow fever vaccination certificate when you re-enter the country. See Australian Department of Health's fact sheet on yellow fever for further details.
Only Yellow Fever Providers can provide you with the yellow fever vacinations.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Hepatitis B vaccination is part of the funded National Immunisation Program (NIP). Intra venous drug users and household contacts of a person with hepatitis B can access free hepatitis B vaccine (funded by ACT Health) through their doctor.
It is also recommended (but not always funded) for:
- those with multiple sexual partners;
- people with certain chronic medical conditions and impaired immunity e.g. HIV, haemodialysis patients;
- people with chronic liver disease and/or hepatitis C;
- individuals with occupational risk e.g. health care workers, embalmers, tattooists and body-piercing workers, acupuncturists, sex workers;
- residents and staff of facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities;
- inmates and staff of long-term corrections facilities;
- travellers to regions where hepatitis B is common;
- migrants from countries where hepatitis B is common;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.