The aim of immunisation is to prevent people from acquiring vaccine preventable diseases by achieving high vaccination rates in the community, through state and national immunisation programs. Before any vaccine can be used in Australia it must be licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA uses scientific evidence on each vaccine to assess safety and effectiveness.
The National Immunisation Program Schedule (PDF 84KB) outlines when the recommended immunisations are due, from birth through to adulthood. It is important for children to complete the full recommended course of vaccinations at the recommended times. Not receiving the full course of vaccinations can leave a child unprotected and at risk of disease.
Vaccines for adolescents and adults
Immunisation is not only important for children, but adolescents and adults too. The School Immunisation Program provides recommended vaccines for South Australian students in Years 8 and 10.
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 immunisation provider.
Immunisations recommended for adults may relate to age, Aboriginal status, occupation, previous injury or illness, vaccination history, plans to travel or plans to start a family.
Some of these vaccines are available free for certain individuals through the
National Immunisation Program schedule (PDF 84KB), for example the flu and pneumococcal vaccines for individuals 65 years of age and over. Other recommended vaccines that are not free under Commonwealth or State funded programs, will require a prescription from your doctor.
See the following pages for more information about the each of the vaccines:
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