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Childhood immunisation

During the first few years of your child’s life he or she will need a number of immunisations to offer protection against the most serious childhood infections.

Young children need more doses of vaccine because their immune system is still developing and does not work as well as the immune system of older children and adults.

View the childhood immunisation schedule and read Your Guide to Understanding Childhood Immunisation (external site).

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Visit healthdirect or call 1800 022 222
  • Phone the Immunise Australia Hotline on 1800 671 811

Immunisation resources in languages other than English


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