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What vaccinations does my teenager need?

Page last updated 23 October 2018

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) includes the following vaccines for teenagers (10-15 years):

  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) – two doses.
  • A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) 

In addition, several state governments in Australia have introduced vaccination programs for meningococcal disease. 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 4-6 weeks to complete vaccinations before you leave.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule.  Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule (accessed 19 April 2018).
  2. NSW Government. Department of Health. NSW School Vaccination Program 2018. Available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schoolvaccination.aspx (accessed 25 April 2018).
  3. Victorian Government. Health. Immunisation Schedule January 2018. Available at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/policiesandguidelines/immunisation-schedule-victoria-january-2018 (accessed 25 April 2018).
  4. Western Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation schedule and catch-up immunisations. Available at http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Immunisation-schedule-and-catch-up-immunisations (accessed 25 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0153a - Date of preparation May 2018 

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