​​​​​​​​​​ NSW Immunisation Schedule 

The NSW Childhood Immunisation Schedule recommends children are vaccinated at:

  • birth
  • 6 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 4 years

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About childhood vaccinations

Vaccinating your child is the best way to protect them from serious diseases including polio, measles and whooping cough.

The NSW Immunisation Schedule outlines each dose of every vaccine that should be given to babies and children to provide them with the earliest protection.

Transcript: On-time vaccination is important

When should I vaccinate my child?

Every vaccine dose in the NSW Immunisation Schedule is carefully chosen to give your child the most suitable protection at the earliest age.

To give your child the best possible protection from serious diseases, vaccinate your child on time.

Delaying an immunisation could put your child at risk of catching a disease and becoming very sick.

Having your child vaccinated on time is also important to receive Australian Government family assistance payments and to enrol your child in childcare, preschool and school in NSW.

Where can I vaccinate my child?

Vaccinations are provided by:

  • GPs
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • some local councils
  • some community health centres.

Contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 about what services are available in your area.

Keeping records

For records of your child’s immunisations for child care, preschool or school enrolment, contact the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) on 1800 653 809 to obtain an AIR Immunisation History Statement.

Pregnancy vaccinations

Vaccination in pregnancy helps protect your baby against these diseases and their complications. After you are vaccinated, your antibodies will pass to your unborn baby in the womb.

Refer to pregnancy vaccinations fact sheet for more information.

How safe are vaccines?

Any vaccine approved for use in Australia has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it is safe and effective.

A vaccine must pass three clinical trial phases before it can be registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Even once a vaccine has been approved by the TGA, it continues to be monitored closely to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Australians.

For more information about how vaccines are developed, tested and monitored, visit Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care - Vaccine safety.

Current as at: Friday 3 May 2024
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