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Gaining immunity from natural infection can carry the risk of
suffering an illness, which can sometimes be very serious.
When you are immunised, your body's immune system generally
responds in a similar way to natural infection but without the
risks associated with contracting the disease.
In some cases, both vaccine-induced and natural immunity may
diminish over time. If this happens, a person can sometimes
Vaccines are thoroughly tested, evaluated and followed up for
their safety and effectiveness. Homoeopathic preparations do not
undergo the same level of scrutiny - many have not been subjected
to testing or approval through the required government regulatory
bodies, which is standard practice for vaccines.
Please discuss any questions you have about vaccines or
homeopathic preparations with your doctor.
Although the majority of people in Australia are vaccinated,
there are important reasons for continuing with immunization,
Vaccines are thoroughly studied in thousands of people before
they become available to the wider community. It can take up to 10
years for a vaccine to be approved for use. Vaccines are rigorously
tested to ensure they are effective, comply with strict
manufacturing and production standards and have a good safety
record. If they don't meet these strict criteria, their use will
not be permitted.
After a vaccine is approved for use, it is still reviewed for
its safety. In Australia, there are surveillance systems in place
that collect reports of side-effects following vaccination.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of vaccines,
please discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Some common side effects are a sore arm, fever, and pain,
redness and swelling at the injection site. A range of other and
more serious side effects may be experienced by individuals and may
vary depending on the vaccine given. Completing a pre-immunisation
checklist will help your doctor to identify potential issues that
may arise following vaccination.
If you or members of your family experiences any side-effects,
regardless of how minor the symptoms are, make sure you report them
to your doctor. It is worth remembering that the diseases prevented
by vaccination can be very severe.
If you have any concerns about the side-effects of vaccines,
speak to your doctor before you or your children are
Healthcare professionals can advise you if any vaccinations are appropriate for you or members of your family.
Here are some links to other sites containing vaccination information.
These downloadable fact sheets can provide you with more information on vaccination.
Find out what vaccinations you may require before travelling. Please discuss this information with your doctor.Use our interactive map to find your travel destination.
Last updated 27 September 2013
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