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.
Immunisation and enrolling in childcare or kindergarten
The Victorian Government has proposed new legislation known as 'No Jab, No Play' which requires all children to be fully vaccinated to be enrolled in childcare and/or kindergarten in Victoria unless they have a medical exemption.
Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this year and the policy is planned to come into effect from 1 January 2016.
For further information read the frequently asked questions about the proposed 'No Jab, No Play' legislation.
Free whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women and their partners
From 1 June 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services is funding whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners. This provides two-for-one protection with the mother passing antibodies to the baby in utero.
Additionally, all parents/guardians of newborn babies born on or after 1 June 2015 will be eligible to receive free vaccine while their baby is still less than six months of age.
Immunisation providers can now:
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.