What vaccinations does my teenager need?
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) includes the following vaccines for teenagers (10–15 years):
- Human papilloma virus (HPV) – two doses (12–<13 years).
- A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) (12–<13 years).
- Meningococcal ACWY (14–<16 years).
Vaccination programs may differ by state or territory. For more information, contact your healthcare practitioner or state government.
If you are planning an overseas trip, it’s best to check with your healthcare practitioner as they can recommend the required vaccinations specific to the destinations and activities you have planned. As some vaccinations require multiple injections over time, make sure you give yourself at least 4 weeks to complete vaccinations before you leave.
Sources & Citations
2. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/national-immunisation-program-schedule-portrait (accessed 22 June 2020).
4. Centers for Disease Control. Vaccines for your children. Get Vaccinated Before You Travel. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/travel-vaccines.html (accessed 22 June 2020).
MAT-AU-2000015 - Date of preparation June 2020