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About vaccines for children

Children need immunisations against many diseases. This protects them while their immune systems are still developing, and prevents them from getting serious diseases. To confirm your child’s specific needs, speak to your doctor or vaccination provider.

The information provided below is a general guide to immunisations for children.

Some recommended vaccines are funded through the National Immunisation Program (NIP), or state and territory programs. Other vaccines are available for some international travel, or in the event of specific or medical risk. You can also buy other vaccines privately with a prescription.

Children aged four years old or under

The following routine immunisations are free through the NIP for children aged four years or under:

Some children who are at high risk are also offered vaccination for:

View the NIP Schedule for more information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children get additional free vaccines through the NIP.  See immunisations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Medically at-risk children

Medically at-risk children require an additional dose of pneumococcal vaccine (13vPCV) at 6 months of age and a booster dose of pneumococcal (23vPPV) at 4 years of age. Your doctor or vaccination provider will advise you if your child is medically at-risk.     

Children aged five to nine years old

Catch-up vaccines

All children aged five to nine years should receive any missed routine childhood vaccinations. Check the NIP Schedule and talk to your doctor if your child has not had all the recommended immunisations.

People up to 19 years old get the recommended vaccines free under the NIP. This is if they did not receive the vaccines in childhood. This is called catch-up vaccination.

See Immunisation for children for information on vaccines for children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 years and Immunisation for pregnancy for information for expectant parents.



Page last updated: 19 Jul 2018