The Australian Academy of Science is an independent institution that provides science advice and builds public awareness and understanding of science. This guide was created to help Australians understand scientific information about immunisation so that everyone can make well-informed healthcare decisions. It can be used as a helpful tool for discussions between healthcare professionals and patients, between family and friends, and any conversations about vaccination.
The Academy is grateful for the pro-bono contributions made to this report by the expert working group. The Academy also thanks the Australian Government Department of Health for providing financial support to prepare and publish this latest edition and previous versions of this guide.
Professor John Shine AC PresAA FRS
President, Australian Academy of Science
Project management, science policy, editorial services, design and communication assistance was provided by the Australian Academy of Science. Contributing staff members Dr Hayley Teasdale, Ms Emma Berthold, Mr Chris Anderson, Mr Andrew Berthold, Dr Tom Carruthers, Ms Robyn Diamond, Mr Paul Richards, Mr Dan Wheelahan and Ms Anna-Maria Arabia are gratefully acknowledged.
The Australian Academy of Science received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to publish this document.
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Please cite “The science of immunisation: Questions and answers”, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 2021. www.science.org.au/immunisation
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