New NSW Immunisation Schedule from March 2016

8 March 2016

NSW Ministry of Health has released information regarding 18 month DTPa vaccination.

Summary

  • The NSW Immunisation Schedule has been updated and is now available.
  • A booster dose of pertussis, provided as a combination diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTPa) vaccine, has been added to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule for children aged 18 months of age.
  • In NSW, immunisation providers will be supplied with INFANRIX or TRIPACEL vaccines. The vaccines are now available and providers can start ordering immediately.
  • Boostrix vaccine must not be used for 18 month old children.
  • The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register will regard children born from 1 October 2014 as due for the booster dose of pertussis vaccine at 18 months (from April 2016) and overdue at 19 months (from May 2016). This will affect child care benefit and family assistance payments.
  • Children born in September 2014 are currently 18 months of age and are therefore eligible for free vaccine but their child care benefit and family assistance payments payments will not be affected.

The new NSW Immunisation schedule with dose numbers can be downloaded  pdf here (288 KB) .