Immunisation for prevention and protection

Immunisation is one of the most effective and cost-efficient public health measures for the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Hunter New England Population Health oversees immunisation programs for all age groups provided in general practice, public clinics hospitals, aged care facilities, and schools. An important strategy for Hunter New England Population Health is ensuring that children 0-7 years are fully immunised. However, immunisation is important for all Australians regardless of age.  


The 10th Edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook has been updated.  New chapters are only available online, the most recent information is available at the chapters within the Table of Contents.  Note: the pdf available to print online is not up to date.

Immunisation records

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national database connected to Medicare which records vaccines given in Australia. The AIR began recording vaccines given to children less than 7 years of age in 1996 so all childhood vaccines given since then should be found on the AIR. 

Since September 2016 the AIR is able to record vaccines for people of all ages so vaccines given to anyone of any age in General Practice since that time could also be found on the AIR.

Vaccines administered overseas can also be added to the AIR, ask your GP practice.

Apart from scheduled vaccines given to children, currently many vaccines given in hospital may be unable to be recorded on the AIR.

All records of vaccines given at schools in the HNE District since 2003 are held by the HNE Public Health Unit. Every student receives a record of all vaccines given in the NSW School Vaccination Program on the day of vaccination at the school. To request vaccines given in the NSW Health School Vaccination Program be placed on the AIR, where you can ac cess your own records, please download the Request for Student Vaccination Record Form and return by email or fax or to the address on the form. 

Some vaccines may have already been entered into onto the AIR. Please check AIR first if you were 
  • In Year 7 in 2017.
  • In year 12 in 2017 (Vaccines received when students were in year 7 and meningococcal ACWY vaccine received in Year 12 should be recorded on AIR, however, male students HPV vaccines given in year 9 not recorded on AIR)
  • In year 11 in 2017 (Meningococcal ACWY vaccine given in 2017 only)
  • Students in year 7 in 2018 
  • Students in Year 10 & 11 in 2018 (Meningococcal ACWY only)

AIR vaccination records can be obtained from myGov online account. If no online account - contact the ACIR on 1800 653 809 or attend your local Medicare office.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation records are also available from the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program Register. You can phone the HPV Register on 1800 478 734 (1800 HPV REG).

To the Point newsletters

To the Point newsletters are sent out monthly. Current and past editions are saved online.


Vaxtracker is an innovative online active surveillance system that allows the parents/carers of children to report how their child responded to a recently administered vaccine, by completing a web-based survey. Immunisation providers play an active role by encouraging parents and carers to participate in the program.

For further information visit

Useful information

Advice on immunisation issues

For advice on vaccines or other immunisation issues please contact us.

Other useful links