The National Immunisation Program aims to protect all Australians from infectious disease. These vaccinations can reduce the chance of becoming seriously ill from infectious diseases. Immunisation protects you, your family, and others in the community from serious diseases.
Childhood immunisations are recommended for all children in Australia, and this program makes some vaccinations free for children aged 0-4 years.
Routine immunisations for children
The routine schedule below is the recommendation for all children. Please speak to your doctor if your child needs further protection. These immunisations protect your child against serious infectious diseases.
Routine immunisations help to protect your child against:
What's the difference between immunisation and vaccination?
Vaccination prepares your immune system to fight against future infections. They are used to train your body to fight the virus if you are exposed to it in the future. Some vaccinations require a booster dose as they only work for a short time. They are also necessary for viruses that change over time, like the flu.
Vaccination and immunisation are sometimes used at the same time. But they don't mean the same thing.
Vaccination - getting a vaccine through injection or taking the oral vaccine dose.
Immunisation – getting the vaccine and becoming immune to a disease after the vaccination.