Vaccination: Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule

This table shows vaccinations included in the Australian National Immunisation Program Schedule as well as some other recommended vaccinations. Below the table is a brief explanation of the types of vaccinations used.

Vaccine
Birth
Hepatitis B
2 months
HepB-DTPa_Hib_IPV
(hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type B, polio)
Pneumococcal vaccine
(13vPCV)
Rotavirus
4 months
HepB-DTPa_Hib_IPV
(hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type B, polio)
Pneumococcal vaccine
(13vPCV)
Rotavirus
6 months
HepB-DTPa_Hib_IPV
(hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type B, polio)
Rotavirus (third dose is dependent on the brand of vaccine used)
Pneumococcal vaccine
(13vPCV)for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
and medically at-risk children
Influenza (annually) - for those with certain medical risk factors 6 months and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 6-months to 5 years.
12 months
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
Meningococcal ACWY
Pneumococcal vaccine
(13vPCV)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high-risk areas: Hepatitis A - 1st dose
18 months
Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (MMRV)
DTPa
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Hepatitis A - 2nd dose
4 years
DTPa-IPV (Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and inactivated polio)
Children medically at-risk: Pneumococcal vaccine (23vPPV)
10-15 years (depends on State or Territory)
Human papilloma virus (HPV): usually 2 doses
DTPa
Pregnant women
Influenza (flu) - every year
DTPa (ideally 28-32 weeks)
15-49 years
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years and over: Influenza - every year
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people medically at risk: Pneumococcal vaccine (23vPPV)
50 years
Tetanus-containing booster vaccine
(unless a booster given in previous 10 years)*
50 years and over 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Pneumococcal vaccine (23vPPV)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Influenza (flu) - every year
65 years and over
Pneumococcal vaccine (23vPPV)
Influenza (flu) - every year
DTPa (if not given in previous 10 years)*
70-79 years
Shingles (herpes zoster)
*Not currently funded on National Immunisation Program

Annual influenza vaccination

6 months and over with medical risk conditions.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 6 months to less than 5 years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 15 years and over.
65 years and over.
Pregnant women.

Guide to the medical abbreviations used for the vaccines and diseases

Here is a guide to the terms used by doctors and healthcare workers to talk about the various vaccines. They have been colour coded to match the different vaccines on the chart.

Abbreviations used in the vaccination schedule
AbbreviationMeaning
ChickenpoxChickenpox (Varicella) vaccine.
DTPaDiphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.
DTPa-IPVDiphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and inactivated polio vaccine.
Hep AHepatitis A
Hep BHepatitis B
Hep B-DTPa-Hib-IPVHepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenza type B, inactivated polio
HibHaemophilus influenza type B
HPVHuman papillomavirus (infection with some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer and genital warts).
InfluenzaInfluenza (flu) vaccine
Meningococcal ACWYMeningococcal groups ACWY
MMRMeasles, mumps, rubella vaccine
MMRVMeasles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox vaccine
Pneumococcal (13vPCV)A type of pneumococcal vaccine known as 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, that helps protect against 13 serotypes of the bacterium — the ones that cause the majority of pneumococcal disease in young children.
Pneumococcal (23vPPV)A type of pneumococcal vaccine known as 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, that helps protect against 23 serotypes of the bacterium.
RotavirusThe most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children.
ShinglesShingles (herpes zoster)

References

1. Australian Government Department of Health. National Immunisation Program. National Immunisation Program Schedule. From 1 July 2018. https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/publications/national-immunisation-program-schedule-portrait (updated Aug 2018).
2. Australian Government Department of Health. Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Updated August 2018. https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/immunisation-for-aboriginal-and-torres
3. Australian Government Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Pertussis (whooping cough). (updated June 2018). https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/pertussis-whooping-cough
4. Australian Government Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Tetanus. (reviewed June 2018). https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/tetanus
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