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Catch-up vaccination

Catch-up vaccination aims to provide optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible by completing a person’s recommended vaccination schedule in the shortest but most effective time frame.

Catch-up vaccination aims to provide optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible by completing a person’s recommended vaccination schedule in the shortest but most effective time frame.

Take every opportunity to review a person’s vaccination history and give them appropriate catch-up vaccines, as needed. If a person has not received the vaccines scheduled in the National Immunisation Program appropriate for their age:

  • plan and document a catch-up schedule
  • discuss this planned schedule with the person who needs the vaccine or their parent/carer

Assess vaccination status based on the schedule for the National Immunisation Program, as well as for the state or territory that the person lives in.

See Infographic. Catch-up vaccination for children <10 years old and Infographic. Catch-up vaccination for adolescents and adults.

Page history

Date added: 
8 June 2018
Last updated: 
8 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
8 June 2018
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Definitions

MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
PCR
polymerase chain reaction
DTPa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine
13vPCV
13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
23vPPV
23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
WA
Western Australia
MMRV
measles-mumps-rubella-varicella
PRP
polyribosylribitol phosphate
IPD
invasive pneumococcal disease
7vPCV
7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
10vPCV
10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
Vic
Victoria
DTPw
diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell pertussis vaccine
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults