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Immunisation

The Public Health Unit conducts the School-based Adolescent Vaccination Program which provides immunisations to school students for hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), diphtheria tetanus pertussis (whooping cough) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

General advice and information on adult and childhood immunisation is available to both health care providers and members of the public, excluding travel vaccinations (such as yellow fever). Staff also follow up reports of adverse reactions to vaccinations.

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing Immunise Australia Program provides valuable information on all aspects of childhood immunisation. Their website includes information for the general public as well as for immunisation providers, including The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th edition 2008, the revised Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule and the National Immunisation Program.

Information is also available in many languages, including the booklet Understanding Childhood Immunisation which answers many frequently asked questions.

The Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule

The Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule (ASVS) is recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Over recent years a number of new vaccines have been released in Australia, which combine various antigens (i.e. protection against different diseases). This means that there may be more than one combination of vaccines which will protect against the same group of diseases. Immunisation providers are responsible for advising patients and parents/caregivers of available vaccine choices at the time of consultation, including those provided free under the National Immunisation Program.

The NSW Vaccination Schedule

Due to variations in at-risk populations and vaccine tendering arrangements, schedules may differ from state to state. The NSW immunisation schedule is available from the NSW Health website.

The NSW Health provides information on NSW immunisation programs, including advice on new vaccines, the schedule, order forms for general practitioners, funding for vaccines and other information for both parents and general practitioners.

Useful immunisation links

Below are links to agencies and other organisations that contain useful information.

Immunise Australia Program, Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

Medicare Australia, Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

NSW immunisation programs, NSW Health.

Immunisation Calculator. SA Department of Health.