Vaccinations and boosters
- Everyone should be protected from some diseases through vaccination.
- Boosters are doses of vaccine given after the initial immunisation course. This can often be years later.
- You may need a booster because immunity to the disease can reduce over time.
When you may need specific vaccines or boosters
Some diseases may only affect certain groups of people or occur in specific locations. In these situations, you may require a specific vaccine or booster if you are:
- a female intending to become pregnant
- have a chronic illness
- work in specific jobs, for example, nursing
- are planning to travel overseas
- are a child.
What are common vaccinations in Australia?
Common vaccinations include:
- chicken pox (varicella)
- haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)
- hepatitis A
- hepatitis B
- human papilloma virus
- meningococcal infection
- pneumococcal disease
- rubella (German measles)
- whooping cough (pertussis)
How much do vaccines cost?
Many vaccines are provided free-of-charge from your doctor or other immunisation provider. You may have to pay a consultation fee to your general practitioner for their time.