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.
- diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine
- inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
- 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine