Immunisations catch ups
What are catch-up immunisations?
Catch-up immunisations aim to provide optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible by completing the vaccinations recommended for a person.
Immunisation providers actively review a patient’s vaccination history and give the appropriate catch-up vaccines.
If a person has not received all the vaccines in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule appropriate for their age, plan and document a catch-up schedule.
Call your state and territory health department for assistance if required.
Who can get free catch-up immunisations?
People up to 19 years old, refugees and other humanitarian entrants of any age can get NIP Schedule vaccines for free. This is if they did not receive the vaccines in childhood.
For advice on catch-up immunisations for all people aged 10 to 19 years, and refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over:
- Fact sheet: Free catch-up vaccines for 10 to 19 year olds
- Fact sheet: Free catch-up vaccines for refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over
People over the age of 19 who have not received all vaccines may still benefit from a catch-up schedule; however this is not funded under the NIP. Some vaccines are funded under state programs.