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Updates on 08/06/2018

Pneumococcal disease

The pneumococcal vaccination schedule has changed for: 

  • all children aged <5 years living in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria 
  • all non-Indigenous children aged <5 years living in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia without underlying medical conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease

These children now receive a 2+1 schedule: 

  • 2 primary doses of 13vPCV (13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) at 2 and 4 months of age
  • a booster dose at 12 months of age

The previous schedule was 3 primary doses at 2, 4 and 6 months of age (3+0 schedule).

The pneumococcal vaccination schedule has changed for:

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia
  • all children with underlying medical conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease 

The booster dose previously recommended for these children at 12–18 months of age is now recommended at 12 months of age. This means that these children should continue to receive 4 doses of 13vPCV at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months of age (3+1 schedule).

These changes have also changed the catch-up schedules for pneumococcal vaccination. See Catch-up vaccination for more details.