Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain diseases. It not only protects individuals, but also others in our community by increasing the level of immunity and minimising the spread of disease. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to infectious diseases. Immunisation helps people stay healthy by preventing serious infections.
As with all medications, there are some risks associated with immunisation however the benefit of this protection far outweighs any risks of immunisation and the rare side effects or complications.
SA Health has a number of campaigns (see below) and immunisation programs to ensure that we all have access to the right immunisations at the right time.
Help me stay strong
Immunisation rates for Aboriginal children in South Australia are below the target of 95% and are significantly lower than the rates for non-Aboriginal children.
Help me stay strong aims to increase immunisation rates by increasing awareness about the need for complete and timely immunisations for Aboriginal children.
Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women
Pregnant women can help protect their newborn and themselves from whooping cough by getting immunised during the third trimester of each pregnancy. Protective maternal antibodies will pass through the placenta. This means newborn babies will be protected against whooping cough in the early weeks of life before routine childhood immunisations start.
Learn more about the whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women.