Infant and child vaccinations

Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from serious disease.

Vaccines stimulate the body's natural defence mechanism - the immune response to build a resistance to specific infections.

To help vaccinate your child on time use the Northern Territory (NT) childhood vaccination schedule.

In the NT you can get your child vaccinated at community care centres, remote primary health clinics, general practitioners (GPs) and through Aboriginal medical services.

School vaccination

Some vaccines are offered to students attending schools through the Northern Territory (NT). 

A consent form is issued before and the vaccination is given by nurses attending the school on organised days. If your child doesn't attend school that day the vaccine can be given at an age appropriate time at a health facility.

Giving immunisation records to your child's school

It is important for your childcare or school to have a copy of your child's immunisation record to help prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

You can get your child's immunisation record from one of the registers listed below.

For more information about vaccination ask your general practitioner (GP), immunisation provider or go to the Immunise Australia Program website.

Get a copy of your child's immunisation record

You can request your child's statement from the Northern Territory Immunisation Register. 

It will state which vaccines your child has had and if they are up-to-date for their age. The earliest records are from the mid-1990s. 

You should always keep a copy of all vaccinations given to your child.

Find out more about the Northern Territory Immunisation Register.

When vaccines are offered

Some vaccines are offered to students attending schools through the NT. 

The protection provided by some childhood vaccines decreases over time and a booster is needed in adolescence. 

Sometimes adolescents may have missed out on a vaccine program that is now offered in childhood, such as varicella (chickenpox). 

Pneumococcal vaccine

Indigenous students in year 10 (15 years old) are offered this vaccine.

Pneumococcal disease is more common in Indigenous Australians.

Get the pneumococcal vaccination consent form.

Diptheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine

All students in year 8 (13 years old) are offered this vaccine.

An increase in the number of young adolescents with whooping cough has seen the need for the introduction of a booster dose of this vaccine.

Get the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccination consent form.

Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine

All students in year 8 (13 years old) who have never had chicken pox vaccination or disease are offered this vaccine.

Get the varicella (chickenpox) vaccination consent form.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

All students in year 7 (12 years old) are offered the HPV vaccine.

This vaccine protects against genital cancers including cervical cancer, as well as genital warts.

For more information go to the Australian Government website or the Cancer Council website.

Get the human papillomavirus vaccine consent form.

Or if you are in a remote community get the human papillomavirus remote community consent form.

Influenza vaccine

This vaccine is not given as a school-based program, but may be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (including boarders) who are 15 years of age and older if requested. Yearly vaccination is recommended.

Get the influenza school consent form.

Contact

For more information contact the Centre for Disease Control's Immunisation Unit.

Last updated: 27 June 2017