OCCASIONAL PAPER: Vaccines on the frontline against infectious diseases

The Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist has released a new paper on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, estimated by the World Health Organisation to prevent 2 to 3 million deaths every year.

Read the media release here and download the report here. Report references are also available here.

Families with specific questions about the Australian vaccination schedule are advised to contact their family doctor or community health care provider.

Further information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is available from:

Immunise Australia Program: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/

Australian Academy of Science: https://www.science.org.au/immunisation

World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/topics/vaccines/en/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US): http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/default.htm