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Vaccination is the best way for pregnant women to protect themselves and their babies from whooping cough and influenza.

From 1 July 2018, the childhood immunisation schedule will be updated based on the advice on clinical experts.

It is positive that people have heard the message and are taking action to get vaccinated against influenza. Record numbers of seasonal influenza vaccines have been brought into the country this year.

Recent data released by the Australian Immunisation Register shows coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve.

Annual vaccination is the most effective way of reducing the impact of the flu in the community, especially in residential aged care facilities.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Vaccination against flu is the best way to protect you and your children from flu and any associated illness.

The ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ campaign has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

From early 2018, young Australians have free access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 that protects against more types of HPV infection.

Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with 5 year old children having the highest coverage rates in history. 94% of Australian 5 year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds are now fully vaccinated.

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