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Does my child or teenager need vaccines if they travelling?

Page last updated 18 June 2019

It is advised to see a healthcare professional at least 6-8 weeks before travelling overseas, as there may be diseases prevalent where you are heading that are either not present in Australia, or for which we have very low rates. They can not only provide you with advice on vaccinations, but also on any other medications you may require, or precautions you should take. Note that many of these vaccines are not covered under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and are therefore not free.

Sources & Citations

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Part 3 Vaccination for Special Risk Groups. Available at (accessed 25 April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System. Available at (accessed 25 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0210a(1) - Date of preparation May 2019