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Childhood immunisation schedule

The table below outlines the diseases protected against through the childhood immunisation schedule funded by the National Immunisation Program.

Childhood Immunisation Schedule and check list (PDF 773KB)
Table: Childhood immunisation schedule effective 1 July 2018
Age Diseases covered
Birth
  • Hepatitis B (1 injection, usually offered in hospital)
6-8 weeks
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzae type b (1 injection)
  • Pneumococcal (1 injection)
  • Rotavirus (drops in mouth)
4 months
  • As above
6 months



Plus Aboriginal and/or medically at risk children
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzae type b (1 injection)
  • Pneumococcal (1 injection)
12 months





Plus Aboriginal children

Pre-term and/or low birth weight
  • Meningococcal A, C, W, Y (1 injection)
  • Pneumococcal (1 injection)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (1 injection)
  • Hepatitis A (1 injection)
  • Hepatitis B (1 injection)
13 months to less than 5 years
  • Meningococcal A, C, W, Y (1 injection) – only needed if 12 month dose not received
18 months









Plus Aboriginal children only
  • Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (1 injection)
(Children must have received 12 months measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine before receiving this vaccine)

  • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) (1 injection)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b, meningococcal C (1 injection)

  • Hepatitis A (1 injection)
4 years


Medically at risk
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (1 injection)

  • Pneumococcal (1 injection)

All children aged from 6 months to less than 5 years should also receive the influenza vaccine each year.

Please speak to your immunisation provider to ensure your child receives all the vaccines they are eligible for.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Phone healthdirect on 1800 022 222
  • Phone the Immunise Australia Hotline on 1800 671 811

Acknowledgements
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