Queensland immunisation schedule
Adapted for Queensland, the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule contains the recommended 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.
National Immunisation Program
1 July 2017 Queensland immunisation schedule includes
Additional immunisation programs:
- Annual National Influenza Immunisation program
- National Shingles Vaccination Program
- Catch-up vaccines for all children aged 10 to 19 years (ongoing)
- Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women
- Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program
1 July 2017 Queensland immunisation schedule
These routine immunisations are recommended and funded for Queensland children, adolescents and adults. Refer to the online Australian Immunisation Handbook for the latest information.
Different brands of the same vaccines will be used in the schedule.
All vaccinations should be given on time as scheduled.
Additional vaccines are funded for:
Rotavirus schedule changes
From 1 July 2017, oral rotavirus vaccine Rotarix® (given in a 2 dose schedule) will replace RotaTeq® (given in a 3 dose schedule) in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Rotarix® will be the only rotavirus vaccine used under the National Immunisation Program in Australia.
All children commencing a vaccine schedule from 1 July 2017 are to be offered Rotarix® vaccine. Please refer to the National Immunisation Program Queensland Schedule and the advice provided by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to support the introduction of Rotarix®
Please refer to the Rotavirus vaccine transition tables for assistance during the transition period. Some infants may receive fewer doses than routinely scheduled when using the RotaTeq® Brand. The specific recommendations will vary depending on the age of the child and previous rotavirus vaccination history.
Additional vaccines for medically at-risk individuals
(children born at <32 weeks gestation and/or <2000g birth weight. Booster dose at 12 months of age))
Engerix B® OR HBVaxII® paediatric
(medical risk including premature infants born <28 weeks gestation)
Any age group
(adults with medical risk factors)
Additional vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
*Refer to Conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook
#All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age are eligible to receive influenza vaccine annually.
From 6 months to less than 5 years of age
Refer to Annual Influenza Program below
Adults (15 to 50 years and over)
Hepatitis B vaccination is funded for:
- low-birth weight preterm newborn infants (<2000g) and/or infants born at <32 weeks gestation (irrespective of weight), who should also receive a booster of a hepatitis B-containing vaccine at 12 months of age
- 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 (if non-immune/not previously vaccinated)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (if non-immune/not previously vaccinated)
- 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.
Annual influenza program
Queensland Health coordinates the National Influenza Immunisation Program for eligible groups across the state. See the Commonwealth Deptartment of Health's Immunise Australia Program for more information.
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.
Catch-up vaccines for all children aged 10 to 19 years (ongoing)
From 1 July 2017 all children (including refugees and humanitarian entrants) 10 to 19 years of age are eligible for free catch-up vaccines on an ongoing basis through the National Immunisation Program.
Whooping cough and influenza vaccination for pregnant women
The Queensland government offers free whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women. 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 Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends vaccination of pregnant women early in the third trimester (between 28 and 32 weeks). Pregnant women should also ensure they are vaccinated for influenza, which can be given at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine. For the best protection against the flu, women should be vaccinated as soon as possible in the flu season, regardless of the trimester they are in. However, they must wait for their third trimester to receive the whooping cough vaccine.
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program
The Queensland government offers free meningococcal ACWY vaccination to all:
- Year 10 students through the School Immunisation Program in school year 2017
- Young adults aged between 15 to 19 years who can access the vaccine through their doctor or immunisation provider from June 2017 until May 2018.
Last updated: 22 June 2017