Vaccination schedule for your little ones

11.04.17

The Australian Government’s runs the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule, which funds vaccinations to protect millions of Australians each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Currently, the program includes vaccines against 16 diseases. Here’s a useful timeline of the vaccines funded by the NIP in children.

 

Note on flu vaccination

Children can begin to be immunised against the flu from six months of age. With flu season approaching, are you wondering about your child’s eligibility for flu vaccination under the NIP?

Under the NIP, free flu vaccines are available for specific at-risk groups of children – those with medical conditions who are more likely to develop serious complications from the flu, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are aged 6 months to less than 5 years, or 15 years and over.

No matter how the vaccination is funded, parents should always make sure vaccination providers know the age of their child so they can receive the correct vaccination.

 

Sources:

Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunise Australia Program. Influenza (flu) [Online, last updated Mar 2017, accessed Apr 2017] Available from: www.immunise.health.gov.au

Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunise Australia Program. National immunisation program schedule (from 20 April 2015) [Online, last updated Nov 2016, accessed Apr 2017] Available from: www.immunise.health.gov.au

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