Parents and carers with children starting childcare, primary or secondary school in 2019 are being reminded to ensure they are up to date with their immunisations.
Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said while almost 95 per cent of children are fully immunised, some have missed out on important vaccines to protect them against highly infectious diseases including whooping cough and measles.
“Our busy lives sometimes lead to delays in children being vaccinated on time, or occasionally missing a dose altogether,” she said.
“Last year was a relatively quiet year for whooping cough (pertussis).
“But cases are on the rise and we expect 2019 to be an outbreak year.
“Making sure that all children are up to date with their immunisations reduces their risk of getting a serious illness, and helps protect babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.”
What is the NIP Schedule?
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule is a series of immunisations given at specific times throughout your life. The immunisations range from birth through to adulthood.
All vaccines listed in the NIP Schedule are free. Eligibility for free vaccines under the NIP is linked to eligibility for Medicare benefits.
To get the best possible protection, make sure you have your immunisations on time, every time. The NIP Schedule below shows which vaccines you should get and when.