What vaccine and when?
Your child will need various vaccinations as they grow older.
Some vaccines are recommended for all children and teenagers, but there are some slight differences in different states or territories. This is because some infections may be present in some places and not others. Always check with your doctor or your local and/or state health authorities for what is recommended for you and your family (see Resources and useful links).
The tables below provide information about the recommended vaccines for:
For more in-depth information on each vaccine, click on the links in the tables.
The vaccines listed in the table below are part of the National Immunisation Program schedule and are free for all eligible children.
If necessary, check with your doctor or local and/or state health authority to find out your child's eligibility.
Tuberculosis (TB) or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine
|6 weeks to 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
|6 months to 5 years||
Influenza (flu) — every year
|12 to 18 months||
Measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (MMRV) vaccine
|18 to 24 months
|3.5 to 4 years
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
|4 to 5 years
||Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23)
[Note: a booster dose for children medically at risk; not given in all states or territories — check with your doctor or your local and/or state health authorities]
The vaccines listed in the table below are part of the National Immunisation Program schedule and are free for all eligible adolescents and teenagers. Most of these vaccines are delivered via school-based immunisation programs.
|11 to 13 years
|12 to 13 years
Chickenpox (varicella zoster)
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
|14 to 15 years
|15 years and older
- Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. National Immunisation Program. Immunise Australia Program. www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/home
- Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. National Health and Medical Research Council. Part 3. Vaccination for special risk groups. In: The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th edn. www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/handbook10part3
- Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. National Immunisation Program. Pneumococcal disease. immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-pneumococcal
- ACT Government Health Directorate. Child immunisation. www.health.act.gov.au/health-services/find-a-health-service/immunisation-and-vaccination
- NSW Department of Health. NSW immunisation schedule. www0.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/immunisation/schedule.asp
- Northern Territory Government, Department of Health. Childhood vaccination schedule. health.nt.gov.au/library/scripts/objectifyMedia.aspx?file=pdf/78/30.pdf&siteID=1&str_title=Childhood%20Vaccination%20Schedule.pdf
- Queensland Government, Queensland Health. Immunisation: Babies and young children. Immunisation schedule for children. www.health.qld.gov.au/immunisation/consumers/babies.asp#children
- Department of Health, Victoria. National Immunisation Program schedule. www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/factsheets/schedule-victoria.htm
- Government of Western Australia, Department of Health. West Australian vaccination schedule. www.health.wa.gov.au/health_index/docs/western-australian-immunisation-schedule-2-january-2013.pdf
- HPV Vaccine extended to boys: www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr12-tp-tp059.htm