Why is the National Immunisation Program schedule the way it is? fact sheet

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Publication date: 
19 December 2017
Last updated: 
2 October 2020
Publication type: 
Fact sheet
Intended audience: 
General public

This fact sheet is about why the National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccination schedule is the way it is.

Medical experts and health economists from a variety of independent advisory groups decide which vaccines should be provided to children living in Australia. They give careful consideration to a number of factors including medical science, the cost of vaccines and the safety of our children. The schedule ensures that vaccines are timed to protect children.

The fact sheet was developed to help doctors and nurses to answer parents' questions about vaccinations.

References and links to further reading are included.