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Preparing for vaccination

Immunisation providers should screen people before vaccination, obtain valid consent, and ensure that the correct equipment and procedures are in place before vaccination

Most people in Australia receive vaccines in general practices, but they can also receive them in:

  • local council clinics
  • community centres
  • pharmacies
  • school-based immunisation programs
  • travel medicine clinics
  • public hospitals
  • staff occupational health clinics
  • aged care facilities
  • Aboriginal medical services

State and territory legislation outlines who can access and administer vaccines.

All vaccines must be administered in accordance with the relevant legislation, best practice, and the guidelines and recommendations in this Handbook.

Also follow other relevant guidelines, such as National Vaccine Storage Guidelines: Strive for 51 and Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.2

Page history

Date added: 
5 June 2018
Last updated: 
7 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
7 June 2018
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Definitions

BCG
bacille Calmette-Guérin
MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
MMRV
measles-mumps-rubella-varicella
GBS
Guillain-Barré syndrome
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
NHMRC
National Health and Medical Research Council
WHO
World Health Organization