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National Immunisation Program Schedule

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What is the NIP Schedule?

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule is a series of immunisations given at specific times throughout your life. The immunisations range from birth through to adulthood.

All vaccines listed in the NIP Schedule are free.

To get the best possible protection, make sure you have your immunisations on time, every time. The NIP Schedule below shows which vaccines you should get and when.

National Immunisation Program schedule (portrait)

This schedule card provides information on changes to the National Immunisation Program childhood schedule from 1 April 2019.

National Immunisation Program schedule (landscape)

This schedule card provides information on changes to the National Immunisation Program childhood schedule from 1 April 2019.

Childhood schedule (birth to 4 years)

Birth

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for hepatitis Ba (usually offered in hospital)

H-B-Vax® II Paediatric — PDF 27 KB or Engerix B-Paediatric — PDF 27 KB

Hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all infants as soon as practicable after birth. The greatest benefit is if given within 24 hours, and must be given within 7 days.

2 months

These vaccines can be given from 6 weeks of age.

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

Oral drops for rotavirus

Rotarix® — PDF 134 KB

Oral dose of rotavirus vaccine 6 to 14 weeks of age

4 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanuswhooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

Oral drops for rotavirus

Rotarix® — PDF 134 KB

Oral dose of rotavirus vaccine 10 to 24 weeks of age

6 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanuswhooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

Medically at-risk children

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA).

12 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for measles, mumps, rubella

M-M-R® II — PDF 23 KB or Priorix® — PDF 133 KB

None

An injection for meningococcal ACWY

Nimenrix® — PDF 23 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

An injection for hepatitis A                                                                       Vaqta® Paediatric — PDF 27 KB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA).

18 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) ActHIB® — PDF 19 KB None

A combined injection for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella)

Priorix-Tetra® — PDF 177 KB or ProQuad® — PDF 27 KB

None

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)

Infanrix® - PDF 127 KB or Tripacel® - PDF 21 KB

None

An injection for hepatitis A                                                                       Vaqta® Paediatric — PDF 27 KB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA).

4 years

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio

Infanrix® IPV — PDF 129 KB or 
Quadracel® — PDF 64 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

Medically at-risk children only

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

Adolescent schedule (10 to 16 years, school programs)

12-13 years

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

Injections for HPV (human papillomavirus) (2 doses)

Gardasil®9 — PDF 25 KB 

Contact your state or territory health service for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)

Boostrix® — PDF 133 KB

Contact your state or territory health service for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.

14-16 years

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for meningococcal ACWY Nimenrix® — PDF 23 KB 

Contact your state or territory health service for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.

Adult schedule (15 years and over)

15-49 years – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with medical risk factors

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pneumococcal (23VPPV)

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions

50 years and over – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pneumococcal (23VPPV)                                               

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

None

65 years and over

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pneumococcal (23vPPV)                                              

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

A single dose is available for adults aged 65 years and over. 

70-79 years

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for shingles (herpes zoster)

Zostavax® — PDF 21 KB

A single dose is available for 70 year olds.

Until 31 October 2021, a single catch-up dose is also available for adults aged 71 to 79 years.

Pregnant women

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pertussis (whooping cough)                                          Adacel® — PDF 66 KB or Boostrix® — PDF 133 KB A single dose recommended in each pregnancy, ideally between 20-32 weeks, but may be given up until delivery.
An injection for influenza (flu) FluQuadri — PDF 22 KB or Fluarix Tetra — PDF 123 KB or Afluria Quad - PDF 21 KB Safe to be given during any stage of pregnancy.

Flu (influenza) vaccines

If you belong to any of the categories below, you are eligible to receive a free flu shot each year.

Age

Comments

6 months and over with certain medical risk factors

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6 months and over 

None

65 years and over

None

Pregnant women

Any trimester during each pregnancy.

Catch up immunisations

All people aged less than 20 years are eligible for free catch up vaccines.

Adult refugees and humanitarian entrants are eligible for free catch up vaccines.

State and territory immunisation schedules

State and territory health departments also fund some additional vaccines. It is important to also check the immunisation schedule for your area.

International immunisation schedules

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information on worldwide immunisation schedules. Visit the website and select the country of interest to view:

  • a profile for that country
  • the relevant immunisation schedule
  • information on disease surveillance
  • vaccine coverage.

Next steps

Last updated: 
1 April 2019