Spacing out or delaying of scheduled vaccinations

9 December 2019


The National Immunisation Program schedule is carefully planned to protect babies and children as soon as it is possible. Some diseases are much more serious when very young babies get them, so it is recommended vaccinating against them when babies are very young.  

It takes many years of careful research by independent experts to work out the right time to give each vaccine so that they get the best possible protection against serious infectious diseases as soon as they can. 

Below we have collated some useful resources for vaccination providers to assist in providing the best care for your patients when parents request to delay or space out vaccination doses. 

i) Why do children get so many vaccines in the first two years?

ii) What happens if I delay or leave out certain vaccines?

Further information