Newborn babies are protected against several diseases, such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), because antibodies have been passed onto them from their mothers. This immunity may last up to one year, which is why the MMR vaccine is given at 12 months. In addition, at 12 months of age your baby is also given their final booster of haemophilus influenzae (Hib) co-administered with the Meningococcal C vaccine. The Meningococcal C vaccine only provides protection against serogroup (strain) C of meningococcal disease.
* 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.
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) children living in high risk areas (Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia) and medically at risk children require a fourth dose of pneumococcal vaccine at 12 months of age. ATSI children also require two doses of hepatitis A vaccine, which are given between 12 and 24 months of age. The vaccination is available through community controlled Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), State/Territory immunisation clinics and general practitioners.