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Queensland immunisation schedule

Please refer to the current online Australian Immunisation Handbook for the latest information.

2016 Queensland immunisation schedule

The following routine immunisations are recommended and funded for Queensland children and adults. Additional vaccines are funded for:

A printable poster of the National Immunisation Program Schedule Queensland (PDF, 2.24MB) is available for clinicians to download.

Age Diseases
Birth Hepatitis B HBVaxII (paediatric)TM

2, 4 & 6 months
(Vaccines due at 2 months can be given from 6 weeks of age)

4 & 6 month vaccinations should be given at 4 & 6 months

Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), Haemophilus influenzae type b, polio (poliomyelitis)

Pneumococcal disease


Infanrix hexaTM

Prevenar 13TM


12 months

Haemophilus influenzae type b, meningococcal C

Measles, mumps, rubella


PriorixTM or M-M-R IITM

18 months

Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella)

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)

Priorix TetraTM or ProQuadTM

InfanrixTM or TripacelTM 

4 years

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio (poliomyelitis)

Infanrix IPVTM

Year 7 and Year 8
(available through School Immunisation Program)

Human papillomavirus

Chickenpox (varicella)

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)


VarilrixTM or VarivaxTM


Adults (over 65 years)


Pneumococcal disease


Pneumovax 23TM

Medically at risk children



12 months Pneumococcal disease *Prevenar 13TM
4 years Pneumococcal disease *Pneumovax 23TM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Age Diseases Vaccine
Birth Tuberculosis (BCG)
From 6 months to less than 5 years of age

(Do not administer Seqirus Fluvax® to this age group)

Refer to 2016 schedule changes below
12 months Hepatitis A Vaqta PaediatricTM
18 months

Hepatitis A

Pneumococcal disease

Vaqta PaediatricTM

Prevenar 13TM

Adults (15 to 65 years)


Pneumococcal disease


*Pneumovax 23TM

*Refer to Conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in current 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.

2016 schedue changes

Additions to the Schedule

A diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccination has been added to the schedule for children at 18 months of age. InfanrixTM and TripacelTM will both be supplied.

Influenza Vaccine

  • Fluarix TetraTM will be available for adults and children aged 3 years and older (this vaccine is not registered for children aged under 3 years).
  • FluQuadriTM Junior will be available for eligible children 6 months to under 3 years of age.
  • DO NOT ADMINISTER Fluvax® to children under 9 years of age.

Other important schedule information

  • Two doses of MMR containing vaccine are recommended for all children. The first dose should be given at 12 months of age as MMR vaccine. The second dose should be given at 18 months of age as MMRV vaccine. Do not give MMRV vaccine as the first dose of MMR containing vaccine in children less than four years of age.
  • Different brands of the same vaccines will be used in the schedule.
  • "Catch-up" under the National Immunisation Program now refers to children under 10 years of age.

 Please refer to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook for the most up to date information online.

Additional immunisation programs

The Queensland Health Immunisation Program provides funded vaccines for the following groups. Please refer to the current online Australian Immunisation Handbook for the latest information.

Please contact your local public health unit for further information.

dTpa 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 two years).

The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends vaccination of pregnant women early in the third trimester (between 28 and 32 weeks), but it can be given any time during the last three months of pregnancy.

No Jab, No Pay

Free catch-up vaccines are provided only for young persons less than 20 years of age whose families are currently receiving family assistance payments (Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement). This is a time limited program and will cease in December 2017. Please refer to the commonwealth website
School Immunisation Program vaccinations are not included in this time limited program.

Annual Influenza Program

Those eligible for funded influenza vaccination:

  • Individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza (refer to Immunise Australia program)
  • All individuals aged 65 years and over
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged from 6 months to less than 5 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • All pregnant women.

Measles, mumps, rubella

Persons born during or since 1966 who have not already received 2 doses of a measles-containing vaccine.

Hepatitis B

  • Low-birth weight preterm newborn infants (<2000g) and/or infants born at <32 weeks gestation (irrespective of weight), it is recommended to receive a booster of a hepatitis B-containing vaccine at 12 months of age
  • Household or other close (household-like) contacts of persons with hepatitis B
  • Sexual contacts of persons 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)
  • Persons with chronic liver disease and/or hepatitis C
  • Persons who inject drugs.

School Immunisation Program schedule

In school year 2016 the School Immunisation Program will provide the following funded vaccines for all Year 7 and Year 8 students.

2016 Year 7 and Year 8 immunisation schedule

Diseases Scheduled dose

Human papillomavirus

3 doses - 0, 2 and 6 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) 1 dose
Chickenpox (varicella) 1 dose - year 8 students aged 14 years or older at the time of the first varicella vaccination require 2 doses. The second dose is free and should be given at least 1 month after the first dose.
  • Students who miss any doses of vaccine at school are eligible to receive their missing doses up to the end of the following year. Vaccinations not completed in this time frame will need to be purchased with private prescription.
  • Adolescents not attending school who would normally be in either Year 7 or Year 8 are eligible for the vaccinations above.
  • Vaccinations administered by a practice/clinic to school year level adolescents must be recorded in the usual way and forwarded to Queensland Health, VIVAS, REPLY PAID 2368, FORTITUDE VALLEY BC QLD 4006
Last updated: 8 March 2016