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Vaccination for migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia

Information about assessing the vaccination status of children and adults entering Australia

Children and adults entering Australia as migrants or refugees, or seeking asylum should (but do not always) have their vaccination status assessed1 and should (but do not always) receive appropriate catch-up vaccination. Migrants from resource-poor settings — especially refugees or people seeking asylum — may be incompletely vaccinated according to the Australian schedule and may have incomplete records of vaccination.2-4

Vaccination is a priority in refugee health care, and all age groups should receive catch-up vaccination. Catch-up schedules depend on primary care services in most states and territories.

See Infographic. Vaccination for migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Page history

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

MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
DTPa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
13vPCV
13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine