​You should check that you have received all the recommended vaccines, and arrange to receive any missing vaccines from your GP, to protect yourself and the children in your care.

Last updated: 19 June 2018

Why is vaccination important?

If you’re not vaccinated or immune (previously had the disease) there’s a chance you could catch a potentially serious infection like measles or whooping cough, and then pass it onto the children in your care who are too young to have had all their shots, or who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Which vaccines are recommended for early childhood educators?1

​​Vaccine ​Number of doses ​Vaccine cost*
​Measles-mumps-rubella (​​MMR) if non-immune ​2 doses (4 weeks apart) ​Free for anyone born during or since 1966
​Pertussis (whooping cough) included with diphtheria and tetanus ​1 dose (every 10 years) ​Free up to 19 years of age
Free for pregnant women
​Influenza ​1 dose (annual) ​Free for Aboriginal people
Free for those with underlying health problems
​Varicella (chicken pox) if non-immune ​2 doses (4 weeks apart) ​Free up to 19 years of age; not needed if you have had chicken pox infection
​Hepatitis A ​2 doses (6 months apart) ​Not free*

* Vaccines purchased privately may be partially covered by private health insurance​.

How do I check if I’ve had the recommended vaccines?

You can request an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR):


As not all vaccination records may be held by the AIR you can also check with your GP, or also with your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 (for records of vaccines given in high school since 2003). ​

What if I’m missing some of the vaccines?

If you’re missing any of the recommended vaccines, please talk to your GP about arranging catch-up vaccination as soon as possible, particularly if you’re planning travel overseas.

Where can I get more information?

More information is available in NSW Health’s Immunisation Enrolment Toolkit (see p.13) and in the NHMRC’s Staying Healthy: Preventing infectiousdiseases in early childhood education and careservices (5th Edition).


The National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommendations for staff working in in early childhood education and care services
Current as at: Tuesday 19 June 2018
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