Why vaccination is important?
Vaccinations protect your child from many dangerous diseases such as Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Diphtheria and Meningococcal C. Immunisation is also important for children starting school. Schools now require a certificate showing each child's immunisation status before enrolment.
Where to vaccinate your child?
Childhood immunisation services are available through your General Practitioner or Medical Centre. General Practitioners may bulk bill for vaccinations for children under the age of sixteen, you can contact your General Practitioner or Medical Centre for further details.
Please refer to your child’s blue book or history statement (can be obtained from Medicare) for advice on when your child is due for their vaccinations.
NSW Immunisation Schedule
The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2018.
Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13)
The third dose of pneumococcal vaccine (previously provided at 6 months) will now be given at 12 months of age. The first and second doses of pneumococcal vaccine will continue to be given at 6 weeks and 4 months (two dose primary course) followed by a booster dose at 12 months of age. Children with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) will still receive an additional dose of Prevenar 13 at 6 month of age; that is, they will continue to have a three dose primary course followed by a booster at 12 months of age
Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix)
Previously children received a combined meningococcal C-Hib vaccine (Menitorix) at 12 months. From 1 July 2018 children will receive a new meningococcal vaccine (Nimenrix) at 12 months of age that protects against 4 serogroups including A, C, W and Y.
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Act-HIB)
Children will now receive their fourth dose of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine as a monovalent vaccine (Act-HIB) at 18 months of age (no longer combined with meningococcal C at 12 months). They will continue to receive their Hib primary schedule doses at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months (Infanrix Hexa).
Pertussis (Boostrix or Adacel)
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine has previously been provided free of charge on the NSW Immunisation Schedule to all pregnant women in their third trimester. From 1 July 2018 this vaccine will continue to be provided for pregnant women in their third trimester but will be funded by the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
School Based Program
If you or your child requires information about vaccinations provided by the School Based Program please contact the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
For further details on immunisation please visit Immunise Australia Program or call the Immunise Australia Information Line on 1800 671 811.