The resources listed below may assist parents and caregivers in understanding the many aspects of immunisation and vaccines.
On this page:
- NCIRS resources
- Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation: resources for parents
- Online articles
- Decision aids
- Books and other publications
We have produced a number of resources providing information on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination. These have been primarily developed for immunisation providers but are also available for interested members of the community.
A series of five Q&A fact sheets addressing the five concerns most commonly expressed by Australian parents are available from the Australian Government Department of Health Immunisation website.
- How are vaccines shown to be safe?
- How do vaccines affect immunity?
- Why is the schedule the way it is?
- What about autism?
- What is in vaccines?
These fact sheets were developed by the SKAI project. Further information on the SKAI project is available on the Social research pages of our website.
- Sheel M, Macartney K. Have you had your diphtheria vaccines? Here's why it matters. The Conversation. August 2018
- Cheng A, Macartney K. Flu vaccine won’t definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it’s more important than you think. The Conversation. April 2017.
- Macartney K, Leask J, Wood N. Is there a test your child can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson said? The Conversation. March 2017.
- Macartney K, Jayasinghe S. Explainer: how do you get shingles and who should be vaccinated against it? The Conversation. October 201.
- Carlson S, Wiley K, McIntyre P. ‘No Vax, No Visit’? If mum was vaccinated baby is already protected against whooping cough. The Conversation. May 2016.
- Leask J, Beard F. Vaccination objection rates aren’t skyrocketing. The Conversation. April 2016.
- Macartney K, Regan A, Marshall H. Vaccines to expect when you’re expecting, and why. The Conversation. January 2016.
- Macartney K. Forget ‘no jab, no pay’ schemes, there are better ways to boost vaccination. The Conversation. February 2015.
- Yin JK, Georgousakis M. Vaccination and herd protection. Web Child. April 2014.
- Georgousakis M, Macartney K. Health check: when do adults need to be immunised? The Conversation. April 2014.
- Willaby H. Why do people not vaccinate? The Conversation. March 2014.
- Macartney K, Georgousakis M. Vaccine program changes protect kids, but with fewer ouches. The Conversation. July 2013.
- Chiew M. Immunisation and changes in benefits. Web Child. July 2013.
- Georgousakis M. Childcare and vaccination. Web Child. June 2013.
- Leask J, Willaby H. With vaccination rates stable, ‘no jab, no play’ rules are beside the point. The Conversation. May 2013.
- Georgousakis M. Vaccinations and pregnancy. Web Child. April 2013.
- Georgousakis M. HPV vaccination: not just for girls. Web Child. December 2012.
- Leask J. Monday’s medical myth: the flu vaccine will give you influenza. The Conversation. April 2012.
- Leask J. Vaccinations in the news in 2011. The Conversation. December 2011.
- Leask J, McVernon J. Clear and present danger: how best to fight the latest whooping cough outbreak. The Conversation. September 2011.
- Booy R. Protecting our elderly: beating flu outbreaks in nursing homes. The Conversation. September 2011.
- Booy R. Having a crack: what do chiropractors know about vaccinations? The Conversation. August 2011.
MMR decision aid
This decision aid has been designed to help you decide whether to immunise your child with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Australian Government Department of Health Immunisation website – has a number of fact sheets and other useful information for parents about vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation programs.
Each state and territory health department also has information on infectious diseases, vaccines and immunisation programs:
- Australian Capital Territory – ACT Health
- New South Wales – NSW Health
- Northern Territory – Department of Health
- Queensland – Queensland Government
- South Australia – SA Health
- Tasmania – Department of Health and Human Services
- Victoria – Department of Health and Human Services
- Western Australia – Department of Health
Some other useful Australian websites for parents include:
- The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
- Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
- Better Health Channel Victoria
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) – has a number of fact sheets, photos and video clips which parents may find useful.
National Health Service (NHS) (UK) – has a number of useful presentations and animations which provide good background information about vaccines in general, what immunisation is, how it works and monitoring vaccine safety.
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) (USA) – provides information for the public about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. This site includes video clips, case histories, recommendations and journal articles. The IAC also publishes Unprotected People Reports, real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine preventable diseases, along with personal testimonies, case reports, newspaper articles, and opinion pieces about the value of immunisation.
Links to organisations providing information about vaccine safety are provided on our Provider resources page.
Immunisation Myths and Realities: a guide for providers (5th edition)
This publication addresses many of the common concerns about the safety of vaccines. It is available from the Australian Government Department of Health website.
The science of immunisation: questions and answers
This booklet, published by the Australian Academy of Science, explains current immunisation science, including areas of consensus and uncertainty. It covers the questions: What is immunisation?; What is in a vaccine?; Who benefits from vaccines?; Are vaccines safe?; How are vaccines shown to be safe?; What does the future hold for vaccination?
Chain of Protection
This website and associated videos provide information on how diseases are transmitted and the role of vaccination in protecting our families and community.
Jabbed - Love, fear and vaccines
This television documentary screened on SBS in May 2013 and is available on demand from the SBS website.
It looks at the growing trend of vaccine hesitancy and reasons for complacency and concerns, and highlights the impact of delaying or refusing immunisation.
The associated SBS website provides further background information.
Last updated August 2018