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Age / 18 Months

18 Months

As of July 1 2013, a combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox), also known as MMRV vaccine, is available to babies aged 18 months. An appointment should be made with your doctor or immunisation clinic to schedule your child’s MMRV vaccination. This appointment should be on or soon after the date when your child turns 18 months of age to ensure maximum protection.

Since February 2016, a booster vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough is now recommended for children at 18 months of age. These vaccinations are given to trigger your baby's immune system to produce its own antibodies against the diseases listed on this page.

 

* Free influenza vaccine is available for all Australians aged six months of age and over with medical conditions, who can develop serious complications as a result of influenza. Consult with your General Practitioner to discuss whether or not your baby should receive an influenza vaccination. It is important to note that whilst the vaccine is free for those at-risk groups listed on the National Immunisation Program, a consultation fee may apply.

 

* You can get an immunisation history statement at any time, however when your child turns 18 months, you will be sent a statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). A separate statement will automatically be sent again when your child turns five years.




References:

  1. National Immunisation Program Schedule (from 20 April 2015, updated 23 February 2016): http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/national-immunisation-program-schedule
  2. Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition (updated June 2015): http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home
  3. NCIRS Adult Vaccination factsheet (updated August 2015): http://www.ncirs.edu.au/assets/provider_resources/fact-sheets/adult-vaccination-fact-sheet.pdf

VACCINATIONS FOR 18 MONTHS