See Catch-up guidelines for individual vaccines for children <10 years of age for important details, including for Hib, MenB (meningococcal B) and pneumococcal vaccines.

These are not the routinely recommended intervals between vaccine doses. These minimum intervals are only to be used for catch-up vaccination. Catch-up using a combination vaccine must meet the minimum intervals for all antigens.

Vaccine

Minimum interval between doses 1 and 2

Minimum interval between doses 2 and 3

Minimum interval between doses 3 and 4

Minimum interval between doses 4 and 5

DTPa

4 weeks

4 weeks

6 months

6 months (unless dose 4 received at >3.5 years of age, then dose 5 is not needed)

Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in NT, Qld, SA and WA only)

6 months

na

na

na

Hepatitis B (excluding birth dose)

1 month

2 months

na

na

MMR

4 weeks

na

na

na

Poliovirus (IPV)

4 weeks

4 weeks

4 weeks (unless dose 3 received at >3.5 years of age, then dose 4 is not needed)

na

MenACWY vaccine (at 12 months of age) (infants with certain immunocompromising conditions need extra doses — see Meningococcal disease)

8 weeks (Menveo and Menactra only; Nimenrix is given as single dose)

na

na

na

Rotavirus

4 weeks (must be within upper age limit)

4 weeks (for RotaTeq 3rd dose in schedule)

na

na

Varicella

4 weeks

na

na

na

DTPa = diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis; IPV = inactivated poliovirus; MenACWY = meningococcal ACWY; MMR = measles-mumps-rubella; na = not applicable

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Last updated: 
5 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
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Definitions

DTPa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine
WA
Western Australia
MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine