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.

Immunisations recommended for families of pregnant women

Do you have a job that puts you at risk?

Are you Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander?

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.