The routine schedule of vaccines provided free under the National Immunisation Program.
Free vaccine Victoria - Criteria for eligibility lists the schedule of vaccines by brand name and who is eligible for free vaccine.
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The risk of complications from childhood diseases like measles is much higher than the risks of immunisation. Vaccination protects against infection, saves lives and protects those who are too young or too sick to be immunised.
Free whooping cough vaccine for expectant and new parents
The vaccine to protect against whooping cough is recommended for pregnant women in their third trimester or for new parents as soon as possible after the birth. At present a prescription from a doctor is required.
The Victorian Government has committed to providing the vaccine free in Victoria to these groups as soon as possible.
Vaccine is in short supply and the Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking suppliers.
When a supply of vaccine has been secured the program will commence. This may take up to six months.
Eligible Victorians will be notified when the free pertussis vaccine program is ready to commence.
Immunisation providers will be kept informed of progress in planning and implementing the program, and will be notified in advance of the free pertussis vaccine program commencing.
The dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) Boostrix® vaccine will transition from Year 10 to Year 7 of secondary school in 2015. To achieve the transition, in 2015 the Boostrix® vaccine will be offered to all secondary school students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. In a community setting these children are aged 12 to 16 years. From 2016 only Year 7 students (12 to 13 years of age) will be offered the Boostrix® vaccine.