Encouraging parents to ‘Get the facts about Immunisation’

The Turnbull Government has launched a new ‘Get the Facts about Immunisation’ campaign to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

“We know parents want evidence based information to support decision making about childhood vaccinations, so we’re making it easier to ‘get the facts’ about immunisation,” Member for Forrest Nola Marino said.

“Immunisation rates in Australia are already high, with over 93 per cent of five-year-old children fully vaccinated. But there are some areas where the immunisation rate is too low.”

“It is these areas of low immunisation rates which pose risks to the community, especially to people who can’t be vaccinated, like newborns and those with medical reasons.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said this new $5.5 million campaign will reach parents in the South West through child care services and online communication channels, such as social media.

This includes important facts such as:

– Vaccines strengthen your child’s immune system.
– All childhood diseases we vaccinate against can cause serious illness, including death.
– All vaccines available in Australia have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness and are continually monitored.
– Immunisation is a safe and effective way of giving protection against diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

The new campaign also features Immunologist and 2006 Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer.

Professor Frazer’s credible, evidence-based information about childhood immunisation is one of the great strengths of this campaign.

You can find out more information about the campaign by visiting immunisationfacts.gov.au.