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  » Immunization Schedules  »  Reccomended Childhood Immunization Schedule, Australia

The Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule shown here is that recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). In drawing up its recommendations the NHMRC has sought to reduce the number of injections given at each immunisation session through the use of new combination vaccines and to limit, as far as possible, the number of vaccine products that a practitioner would need to have available. For the immunisations at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months, two options for the use of combination vaccines which meet these criteria are recommended.



AGE

VACCINE

 

Birth

hepBa

 

 

Path 1b

Path 2b

2 months

DTPa-hepB
and Hib (PRP-OMP)
and OPV

DTPac and
Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB
and OPV

4 Months

DTPa-hepB
and Hib (PRP-OMP)
and OPV

DTPac and
Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB
and OPV

6 months

DTPa-hepB
and OPV

DTPac
and OPV

12 months

MMR and
Hib (PRP-OMP)

MMR and
Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB

 

18 months

DTPa

4 Years

DTPa
and MMR
and OPV

10-13 years

1 month later
5 months after 2nd dose

hepBd
hepBd
hepBd

15-19 years

Td
OPV

Non-immune women who are
post-partum or of child bearing age

MMR

50 years

Tde

50 years and over (Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people)

Pneumococcal vaccine (every 5 years)
Influenza vaccine (every year)

65 years and over

Pneumococcal vaccine (every 5 years)
Influenza vaccine (every year)

 

Notes

a.

Hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all infants at birth and should not be delayed beyond 7 days after birth. Infants whose mothers are hepatitis B surface antigen positive (HBsAg+ve) should also be given hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) within 12 hours of birth

b.

When necessary the two paths may be interchanged with regard to their hepatitis B and Hib components. For example, when a child moves interstate, they may change from one path to the other.

c.

Wherever possible the same brand of DTPa should be used at 2, 4 and 6 months.

d.

Adolescent hepatitis B vaccination is not necessary for those children who have previously received three doses of hepatitis B vaccine.

e.

Td should be given at 50 years of age unless a Td booster dose has been documented in the previous 10 years.


Transition from the old to the new schedule
All babies born on or after 1 May 2000 should commence the new Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule. Because of logistics, funding and vaccine interchangeability issues, all children born before this date should commence or continue with the previous schedule.



DISEASE

VACCINE

AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

Hepatitis B

hepB

Engerix-B™ or H-B VaxII™

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

DTPa

Infanrix™ or Tripacel™

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis,
Hepatitis B

DTPa-hepB

Infanrix-HepB™

Haemophilus Influenzae type B

Hib (PRP-OMP)

PedvaxHIB™

Haemophilus Influenzae type B,
Hepatitis B

Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB

Comvax™

Poliomyelitis

OPV

Polio Sabin™

Measles, Mumps,
Rubella

MMR

MMRII® or Priorix™

Diphtheria, Tetanus

Td

ADT Vaccine™

Pneumococcal disease

Pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumovax23®

Influenza

Influenza vaccine

Fluarix™ or Fluvax®
or Vaxigrip™ or Flurivin™