The Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule shown here is that recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). In drawing up its recommendations the NHMRC has sought to reduce the number of injections given at each immunisation session through the use of new combination vaccines and to limit, as far as possible, the number of vaccine products that a practitioner would need to have available. For the immunisations at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months, two options for the use of combination vaccines which meet these criteria are recommended.
The Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule 2000-2002
For children born on or after 1 May 2000
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory follow Path 1.
Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania follow Path 2.
|Vaccines used in the Schedule|
|Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis||DTPa|
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B
|Haemophilus Influenzae type B||Hib (PRP-OMP)|
|Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Hepatitis B||Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB|
|Measles, Mumps, Rubella||MMR|
|Pneumococcal disease||Pneumococcal vaccine|
Transition from the old to the new schedule
All babies born on or after 1 May 2000 should commence the new Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule. Because of logistics, funding and vaccine interchangeability issues, all children born before this date should commence or continue with the previous schedule.