Immunisation schedule and catch-up immunisations

Immunisation schedule

The WA Immunisation Schedule (PDF 30KB) lists government-funded vaccines for various groups.

Changes to the National Immunisation Program schedule from 1st July

From 1 July 2018, the Commonwealth government is introducing some changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). These changes involve the pneumococcal, meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in the childhood schedules.

A summary of the changes is as follows:

  • a pneumococcal vaccine will be offered to all children at 12 months of age (moved from 6 months of age). Clinical experts recommended this change to reduce disease in children and improve protection in all age groups through community immunity.
  • a new vaccine protecting against 4 types (ACWY) of meningococcal disease will be offered to all children at 12 months of age.
  • a vaccine protecting against Haemophilus influenzae type b will be offered to all children aged 18 months of age.
  • maternal pertussis (dTpa) vaccination for pregnant women has been listed on the NIP to guarantee its ongoing access and availability. Note: This change has no impact on practice in WA as there has been a state funded program in place since 2015.

For more information, see the WA Immunisation Schedule (PDF 30KB) and the Commonwealth website (external site).

WA Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Guidance

Please adhere to the guidance (PDF 255KB) when administering vaccines for the Paediatric and Adolescent Meningococcal ACWY Programs

Catch-up immunisations

When children/ students miss doses of routine childhood vaccines, they should be vaccinated using an appropriate catch-up schedule as soon as possible. Refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook (10th edition 2013) (external site) for details.

You can also refer to the Immunisation calculator (external site) which is based on the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) for all Australian children/ students.

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