Children and adolescents
(10 - 19 years of age)

All children and adolescents aged 10-19 years get the recommended vaccines free under the National Immunisation Program which is implemented in Queensland by Queensland Health. This is if they did not receive the vaccines in childhood and are able to get them up to date again through a catch-up schedule. To find out more about all vaccines visit our immunisation schedule.

The Queensland School Immunisation Program

Year 7 and Year 10 students across all Queensland state and non-state secondary schools can get free vaccinations under the School Immunisation Program.

Free vaccines are also given to adolescents who are being home-schooled or attending special school. They should be vaccinated in the same year that it is given through the school program.

If you would like more information on the School Immunisation Program go here.

If your child has missed a school immunisation

There are many places where your child can get catch-up vaccines:

  • a catch-up school immunisation clinic
  • community immunisation clinic (if offered by your local council or immunisation service provider)
  • your doctor (if given by a doctor, the vaccines are provided free, but you may have to pay a consultation fee for your visit).

Tips for parents

Some children can be overly concerned about needles. If your child is worried, talk to them about the importance of immunisation, and how a little pain now will give them long-term protection. You can also help by:

  • ensuring they have a good breakfast
  • making sure they are wearing loose clothes
  • check they are feeling well before their shot
  • ensure they let their nurse know if they are feeling nervous or unwell.

Catch-ups

Having catch-up vaccinations means people can complete a course of age-appropriate vaccinations in the shortest but most effective timeframe. This provides optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible.

Vaccination Schedule

People with medically at-risk conditions may require additional vaccines. Talk to your doctor for more information.

When Disease Comments
Year 7 students (or age equivalent) Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • 2 doses given at 0 and 6 months
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis
Influenza
  • All adolescents require one dose each year (this may incur a fee)
Year 10 students (or age equivalent) Meningococcal ACWY
Influenza
  • All adolescents require one dose each year (this may incur a fee)

Find out more

To find out more on immunisation for children and adolescents (10 to 19 years of age), contact your doctor or health provider or call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).