Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect against harmful diseases.
Immunisation protects individuals and the community by reducing the spread of disease.
How it works
- Immunisation uses the body's natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific infections.
- When a person is vaccinated, the body produces an immune response to fight the disease, but without the person experiencing symptoms of the disease.
- When the level of immunisation in a community is sufficiently high, the risk of the disease spreading lowers. This communal, or herd, immunity can save countless lives.
- Vaccinating a child reduces the opportunity for that child to pass on a disease, especially to young babies who are not yet fully immunised and persons in the community who are immunosupressed.
- Vaccinating your child
reduces their risk of the severity and complications of harmful diseases.
Ryde Council is the last remaining council in the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) who run regular Immunisation Clinics. Information can be found on the Ryde Council website or can be obtained from your local child and family health centre.