Between the ages of 10-15, adolescents can receive free vaccines for protection against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chickenpox), and human papillomavirus (HPV) under the National Immunisation Program. The School Based Vaccination Program provides parents with the opportunity to have their child vaccinated through their school at no cost.
Parents of adolescents will be advised of the dates of the School Based Vaccination Program in advance and given a consent form for each type of vaccine. The information in the consent form provides details about the disease, benefits of vaccination and any common side effects.
Between 10-15 years of age, adolescents should be vaccinated for protection 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 (GP) to discuss whether or not your adolescent 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.
* Free influenza vaccine is available through community controlled Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), state/territory immunisation clinics and GPs for all Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who are aged 15 years and over.
* Pneumococcal vaccine is free for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15 to 49 years who are at high risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).