All people are born with minimal natural immunity to disease and therefore, immunization will provide considerable additional protection against infectious diseases such as whooping cough, meningitis, measles and it is now a mandatory requirement for all childcare facilities in Australia. The Health Department requires that all children commencing school produce evidence of having completed all childhood immunizations. All immunization are reported to the Childhood Immunization Register which is sponsored by Medicare Australia to record and remind parents when immunization are due. The benefits of immunization far outweigh the small risk of side effects such as pain on site of injection and occasional mild fevers.
In addition a comprehensive range of immunizations is available for all ages, including seasonal vaccines such as influenza and pneumococcal as well as travel vaccines.