Child & adolescent vaccinations

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

Check what vaccinations are recommended for your child at the Northern Territory (NT) childhood vaccination schedule.

Getting your child vaccinated

All vaccinations on the NT immunisation schedule are provided for free although some GPs may charge a consultation fee.

In the NT you can get your child vaccinated at community care centresprimary health clinics, general practitioners (GPs) and Aboriginal Medical Services.

Some vaccines are also offered to students attending NT schools.

Read about what information you should tell an immunisation provider before getting a vaccination.

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

Get your child’s immunisation record

You can get a copy of your child's immunisation record from the Northern Territory Immunisation Register.

If your child has been vaccinated in a different Australian state or territory, you can get a statement by calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

You may also be able to download a copy of the record from your Medicare online account through myGov on the Australian Immunisation Register website.

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

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

What vaccines are given at school

A number of vaccinations are offered as part of the school vaccination program. These are made available at no cost.

A consent form is sent to parents before the vaccination and will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Vaccinations are 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.

Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine

All students in Year 7 (12 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 more information on diphtheria and whooping cough.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

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

This vaccine protects against HPV-related cancers including almost all cancers of the cervix, and some cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina, penis and throat.

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

Pneumococcal vaccine

Aboriginal students in Year 10 (15 years old) are offered this vaccine.

Pneumococcal disease is more common in Aboriginal Australians.

Get more information on pneumococcal disease.

Influenza vaccine

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

Get more information on the flu vaccination.

Consent forms for school vaccinations

Last updated: 16 April 2018