Immunisation for adolescents

Find out about vaccinations for children aged 10 to 19 years to protect them against serious diseases.

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Vaccines for adolescents

The National Immunisation Program schedule provides a series of free vaccinations for adolescents.

The following vaccines are provided free to adolescents through school-based immunisation programs:

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Access to family assistance payments

To access family assistance payments such as Family Tax Benefit ( Part A) and Child Care Subsidies children and adolescents up to 19 years  are required to be vaccinated against the diseases as per the age appropriate early childhood vaccination schedule.

Note vaccinations given through the school-based immunisation program (HPV, dTpa and Meningococcal ACWY) are not required to meet the immunisation requirements.

Find more information: Immunisations for access to family assistance payments and early childhood services.

School-based immunisation program

    Parents or guardians must complete a consent form giving permission for their child to get a vaccination at school. You child may receive the consent form in class or, in some cases, you may receive via mail. They include information about the vaccine on offer to your child at school. You should complete the form and return it to the school office, your child’s teacher or the immunisation provider.

    It is important that your child attends school on vaccination days. Some vaccines require multiple doses throughout the school year. Schools often advertise the dates of immunisation sessions in their newsletters or on their websites.

    Contact your school or your state or territory health department for more information on school vaccination programs in your child’s school.

    Tips for parents

    Some older children can get very concerned about the thought of having a vaccination at school. It is important to talk to them about the importance of immunisation. Explain how it will provide them with a lifetime of protection against diseases.

    Some useful tips for preparing older children for school-based immunisations include:

    • giving them a good breakfast
    • making sure they wear a loose shirt
    • ensure they are feeling well on the day
    • making sure they let the teacher or nurse know if they are feeling nervous or unwell.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents

    In addition to the vaccines recommended on the adolescent schedule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents are funded to receive the annual influenza vaccine.

    Find more information: Influenza (flu) vaccine

    Adolescents with medical risk conditions

    Some adolescents with medical risk conditions may need additional vaccines. Speak to your doctor or vaccination provider about your child’s needs.

    Find more information: Immunisations for people with medical risk conditions.     

    Missed vaccinations

    Adolescents should get any missed routine childhood vaccinations. They can still get them free under the National Immunisation Program up until they turn 20 years old through GPs and other immunisation providers.

    Adolescents who do not receive the HPV vaccine at school are eligible for 2 free catch-up doses up to 20 years of age.

    Adolescents aged 15 to 19 years who do not receive the meningococcal ACWY vaccine at school can get a free catch up vaccine.

    Refugees and other humanitarian entrants of any age can also get National Immunisation Program vaccines for free. This is if they did not receive the vaccines in childhood.

    Check the National Immunisation Program schedule and talk to your doctor or immunisation provider if your child/adolescent has not had all the recommended childhood vaccinations.

    See Getting vaccinated for information on where to get vaccinated, what to expect, immunisation records and possible side effects.

    Last updated: 
    31 March 2022
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