The aim of immunisation programs is to reduce the impact of vaccine preventable disease through achieving high vaccine coverage rates in the community.
The vaccines offered through these immunisation programs are free, however, in some cases a service delivery fee may be applied by the immunisation provider.
National Immunisation Program
All individuals aged 10 to 19 years are eligible for funded vaccines under the expansion of the National Immunisation Program.
The National Immunisation Program consists of the following:
Childhood Immunisation Program
The Childhood Immunisation Program provides free vaccines against many different diseases for children aged up to four years of age. Additional vaccine are also recommended for Aboriginal children, for further information see Aboriginal immunisation recommendations.
School Immunisation Program
Catch up schedules
Catch up schedules are required for individuals who have missed or delayed vaccines and may be necessary for child care, and school enrolment and are currently used to determine eligibility for some family assistance payments. A catch up schedule is planned by health professionals based on age, vaccination history, current recommendations and risk factors. For further information speak to your immunistion provider
Annual Influenza Program
The Annual Influenza Program provides free vaccines to specific groups who are considered at greatest risk from complications of the flu (Influenza).
National Shingles Vaccination Program
The National Shingles Vaccination Program provides free Shingles vaccine to people aged 70 years of age. There is also a five year catch up program for people aged 71 to 79 years of age until 2021.
High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program
The High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program provides free hepatitis B vaccines to groups who are at an increased risk of developing hepatitis B infection.
Aboriginal Meningococcal W Immunisation Program
The Aboriginal Meningococcal W Immunisation Program is in response to an increase in recent months of meningococcal infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis serotype W in Central Australia including the APY lands.
New Arrival Refugee Immunisation (NARI) Program
The New Arrival Refugee Immunisation (NARI) Program offers specific vaccines to newly arrived refugees as part of the Australian Government Humanitarian Scheme.
All refugees and humanitarian entrants aged over 20 years of age are eligible for funded vaccines under the expansion of the National Immunisation Program.
Whooping Cough Vaccine in Pregnancy Program
As part of the Whooping Cough Vaccine in Pregnancy Program, pregnant women in their third trimester can receive free whooping cough combination vaccine to protect their newborn baby from pertussis, in the first few months of life.
For further information immunisation programs, contact your doctor or immunisation provider.