National Immunisation Program Schedule

We provide free vaccinations for children as part of the National Immunisation Program Schedule. There is no charge for people under the age of 20 without a Medicare card.

Age Disease Vaccine

2 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Infanrix hexa
  • Prevenar 13
  • Rotarix

4 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Infanrix hexa
  • Prevenar 13
  • Rotarix

6 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Infanrix hexa
6 months to 5 years – all infants and children
  • Influenza (annually)
  • Various brands

12 months

  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Pneumococcal
  • M-M-R II/Priorix
  • Nimenrix
  • Prevenar 13
18 months
  • Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Priorix-Tetra/ProQuad
  • Infanrix/Tripacel
  • ActHIB
4 years
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis
  • Infranrix IPV/Quadracel
12–13 years
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
  • Gardasil9 (two-dose course)
  • Boostrix (single dose)
14–16 years
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Nimenrix (single dose)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants

As well as the vaccines listed above, the Bexsero vaccine for Meningococcal B is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months.

 

Vaccination reminders

Add your child's scheduled vaccinations to your calendar.

What happens at the immunisation session

The immunisation session usually takes about 30 minutes. You'll be guided through the process and have the opportunity to talk through any concerns you may have.

You'll also be asked to stay 15 minutes after your child is vaccinated for observation. In rare cases, side effects can happen soon after vaccination, such as:

  • irritability
  • low-grade fever
  • some pain and swelling around the injection site.

These side effects can last from one to 2 days, but don't usually need any treatment.

Very rarely a side effect that requires medical attention might happen after a vaccination. This will usually happen within 15 minutes of being vaccinated.

Immunisation records

Your child's immunisation details will be registered with the Australian Immunisation Register. This means that your child's immunisation details are kept up to date and accessible.

My Health Record is also a convenient way for you to stay on top of your child's immunisation and vaccination information.

It's a secure online summary of your child's health information, which you can choose to share with your healthcare providers.

No Jab, No Play

The Victorian Government's 'No Jab, No Play' legislation came into effect in January 2016. This legislation aims to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases through increased immunisation rates in the community.

All parents and guardians wanting to enrol their child in an early childhood service in Victoria (including kindergarten) must provide evidence that their child is either:

  • up to date with vaccinations for their age
  • on a vaccination catch-up schedule
  • has a medical condition that prevents them from being fully vaccinated.

Conscientious objection is not an exemption under the law. 

Only parents of children who are fully vaccinated or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the:

  • Child Care Benefit
  • Child Care Rebate 
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement.

For more information, visit our Missing records, overseas immunisations and catch-up schedules page.

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Make a booking

Bookings are required for all immunisation sessions. See available immunisation sessions and make a booking.

Contact us

For more information, call 9278 4711 or email [email protected]

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