Immunisation – protecting our children from disease

Useful Sites

Vaccines (Kimball Biology Pages, USA)

Includes information on different types of vaccines, a table of some of the most widely used vaccines, some problems of vaccine development and DNA vaccines.


Department of Health and Aging, Australia

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 2012

Strengthening Immunisation for Children - Immunise Australia

Frequently asked questions about immunisation

Immunisation: Myths and realities

Vaccines (Kimball Biology Pages, USA)

Includes information on different types of vaccines, a table of some of the most widely used vaccines, some problems of vaccine development and DNA vaccines.

Types of vaccines (Web Health Centre)

Describes different types of vaccines including active immunization using live vaccines, inactivated vaccines, toxoids, cellular fractions as well as passive immunisation using immunoglobulins and antisera.

Vaccines – how and why? (Access Excellence, USA)

Includes the history of vaccination, how vaccines work and how they are made.

Immunisation...all about (Better Health Channel, Australia)

Many illnesses, particularly those which affect children, can be prevented by immunisations.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Immunisation Fact File (ABC Health and Wellbeing)
Provides comprehensive information regarding immunisation and vaccinations.

Polio eradication (Radio National Health Report, 7 November 2011)
An interview with Dr Andrew Leigh discussing the goal of eradicating polio.

One step closer to universal malaria vaccine (Breakfast, 15 July 2011)
Reports on work of Australian scientists towards a vaccine for malaria.

Boys and the cervical cancer vaccine (ABC Health and Wellbeing, 16 June 2011)
Discusses the potential benefits to boys receiving the cervical cancer vaccine.

Universal flu vaccine (Catalyst, 2 July 2009)
Covers the story of the outbreak of swine flu, and efforts to develop an all-encompassing influenza vaccine.

Vaccines may be diluted 100-fold (News in Science, 3 February 2006)
Reports that vaccines can be diluted, and give protection against disease, if an immune system booster is used.

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Updated November 2012.