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Lifestage / 4 Years

4 Years

Your child received vaccinations as a baby to protect them against certain vaccine preventable diseases. Now that they are older and going off to kindergarten, it’s time to boost their protection against these diseases since immunity can decrease over time.

Not only do booster vaccinations protect your child from disease, but they can also stop the spread of infection onto younger siblings and friends. At four years of age, your child 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 to discuss whether or not your child 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.

 

* Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) should be given only if measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine was not given at 18 months.

 

* Medically at-risk children should also receive another dose of pneumococcal vaccine between four and five years of age. Consult your General Practioner for more information on at-risk groups




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