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Australia's National Immunisation Strategy for 2019 to 2024 has now been released. The strategy includes eight strategic priority areas for action to complement and strengthen the NIP.

Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – Get the Facts (the Campaign) has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The report shows how parents and carers responded to the SMS about their child's health a few days after their vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia in 2016-17.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are now recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This makes it easier for you and your healthcare provider to find information about your or your child’s HPV vaccinations.

The Australian Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal through a free national program for 14 to 19 year olds.

Release of two new resources to address common questions about vaccination

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.

An additional 800,000 influenza vaccines secured for the National Immunisation Program

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