Your newborns immunisation schedule

Published by Baby Bunting on Sunday, January 27, 2019

From the first day of their life, your baby will be required to have immunisations to protect them from a range of harmful and deadly diseases. Many of the names of the bacteria and viruses that you will come across will probably be unfamiliar to you, but that's because immunisation works. Once your baby receives their immunisation, it's unlikely that that disease will ever be a concern to you or them for the remainder of your lives.

How does immunisation work?

Immunisation (or vaccination or inoculation) is a simple, proven method for protecting individuals and communities against certain diseases. It works by introducing a very small, inactive or dead amount of the disease into a person’s body, which allows the body to learn how to destroy it in the future.

How is the immunisation schedule managed?

The schedule is managed by the federal government. It is free for all Australians and is an important part of our public health.

Immunisations begin on the day your baby is born and are scheduled for the remainder of their lives. You’ll also notice that some are given twice; it’s important that the full schedule is administered to ensure your baby’s immune system is strong.

Note that some additional immunisations might be necessary depending on where you live (such as in the tropics) and others are occasionally added to the schedule as they come available or in response to a local disease outbreak. These will be advised and delivered through your state health service.

Your newborn’s immunisation schedule

Birth

Hepatitis B

 

Six weeks to two months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), pneumococcal, Rotavirus

 

Four months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Pneumococcal, Rotavirus

Always visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website or speak to your state’s healthcare providers if you have any questions about your baby’s immunisations.

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