Protect your child from disease
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- About vaccines for children
- Children aged four years old or under
- Children aged five to nine years old
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.
The following routine immunisations are free through the NIP for children aged four years or under:
- chickenpox (varicella)
- hepatitis B
- meningococcal C
- whooping cough (pertussis).
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 a forth dose of pneumococcal vaccine (13vPCV) at 12 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.
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.
Page last updated: 01 Mar 2018