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Immunisation Schedule Queensland

The Immunisation Schedule Queensland – April 2019, contains the recommended National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines and state-funded vaccines for those people who are eligible. In addition, the Queensland Department of Health provides vaccine for other disease prevention programs.

The Immunisation Schedule Queensland – April 2019, includes individual schedules for:

Additional vaccines are funded for medically at-risk individuals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In Queensland, all children from 6 months to <5 years of age are eligible for a funded influenza vaccination. Check the current guidelines for influenza vaccination.

Different brands of the same vaccines will be used in the schedule. All vaccinations should be given on time as scheduled.

Immunisation providers should actively review a patient's vaccination history on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and ensure vaccinations are recorded on AIR after administration.

Summary of schedule changes commencing April 2019:

  • The Australian Immunisation Handbook now recommends vaccination of pregnant women against whooping cough between 20 and 32 weeks (previously 28 to 32 weeks).

  • The meningococcal ACWY vaccination for Year 10 students (in the School Immunisation Program) and adolescents aged 15 to 19 years (as ongoing catch-up) is now part of the NIP. Meningococcal ACWY vaccine Nimenrix® will be provided for both the adolescent and infant programs.

Additional vaccines for medically at-risk individuals

Age

Diseases

Vaccine

2, 4, 6 and 12 months

Pneumococcal disease

*Prevenar 13®

12 months (children born at <32 weeks gestation and/or <2,000g birth weight.)

Hepatitis B

Engerix B® OR HBVaxII® paediatric

4 years (medically at risk including premature infants born <28 weeks gestation)

Pneumococcal disease

*Pneumovax 23®

Any age group (adults with medical risk factors)

Pneumococcal disease

*Pneumovax 23®

*Refer to conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook

Additional vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age are eligible to receive influenza vaccine annually.

Age

Diseases

Vaccine

2, 4, 6 and 12 months

Pneumococcal disease

*Prevenar 13

12 months

Hepatitis A

Vaqta Paediatric®

18 months

Hepatitis A

Vaqta Paediatric®

Adults (15 to 50 years and over)

Influenza

Pneumococcal disease

Influenza

*Pneumovax 23®

*Refer to conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook

Catch-up vaccines for all children and adolescents up to 19 years

Catch-up immunisations aim to provide optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible by completing the vaccinations recommended for a person.

Immunisation providers should actively review a patient's vaccination history on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and give the appropriate catch-up vaccines. An appropriate catch-up schedule cannot be administered without first checking the vaccination history.

If a person has not received all the vaccines in the Immunisation Schedule Queensland appropriate for their age, plan and document a catch-up schedule.

Annual influenza program

Queensland Health coordinates the National Influenza Immunisation Program for eligible groups across the state. See the Australian Government Department of Health Immunise Australia Program for more information.

Whooping cough and influenza vaccination for pregnant women

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women is offered as part of the National Immunisation Program. Vaccination is recommended with each pregnancy to provide maximum protection for newborn babies. This includes pregnancies which are close together (e.g. less than 2 years).

The online Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends vaccination of pregnant women (between 20 and 32 weeks).

Pregnant women should also ensure they are vaccinated for influenza (flu), which can safely be given at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine. For the best protection against flu pregnant women who receive an influenza vaccine late in the influenza season should be re-vaccinated if the next season's vaccine becomes available before the end of their pregnancy. However, they must wait until week 20 of their pregnancy to receive the whooping cough vaccine.

National Shingles Vaccination Program

The National Shingles Vaccination Program commenced in November 2016 for adults 70 years of age, with a single catch-up dose funded for adults aged 71 to 79 years until 2021.

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine is now part of the NIP and provided for free to:

  • year 10 students through the School Immunisation Program
  • young adults aged 15 to 19 years through their doctor or immunisation provider.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccine is funded for the groups listed under the NIP including:

  • low-birth weight preterm newborn infants (<2,000g) and/or infants born at <32 weeks gestation (irrespective of weight), should also receive a booster of a hepatitis B-containing vaccine at 12 months of age
  • hepatitis B vaccine is also funded for the following groups, if non-immune/not previously vaccinated:
    • household or other close (household-like) contacts of people with hepatitis B
    • sexual contacts of people with hepatitis B
    • migrants (who have a Medicare card) from hepatitis B endemic countries
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • people with chronic liver disease and/or hepatitis C
    • people who inject drugs.

Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended (but not funded) for other individuals who may be at risk of hepatitis B. Refer to the online Australian Immunisation Handbook for further details.

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Last updated: 26 July 2019