Immunisation Information for the Public

The Public Health Unit provides general advice and information on adult and childhood immunisation to members of the public, excluding travel vaccinations. Make sure to check the National Immunisation Program Schedule and the NSW Immunisation Schedule to find out what vaccinations you need and when.

The flu shot is our best defence against the flu. It is recommended for everyone who is aged 6 months and over to reduce their risk of the flu. Australia's peak flu season is between June and September. It is recommended for individuals to get their flu shot between April and May, however it is never too late to vaccinate!

Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age (including Aboriginal and medically at risk)
  • all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:
    • cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
    • other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
    • chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
    • impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.all people aged 65 years and over
  • pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).

You can get your flu shot at your GP or a pharmacy (not NIP vaccine). You can also search online for a pharmacy that provides the flu shot.

For more information about the seasonal flu shot, visit:

Individuals aged 10 to 19 years are eligible to receive free catch-up vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program. They must commence the catch-up schedule before their 20th birthday to be eligible. Refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over are also eligible for a number of free catch-up vaccinations.

For more information on planning catch-up immunisations and who is eligible, visit:

Complete this form to request a vaccination record for a child who has been vaccinated in a high school in South Eastern Sydney.

Please note: the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit only has access to the following school vaccination records for schools in the South Eastern Sydney area.

Please use this map to check if your child attends school outside South Eastern Sydney.

You can find the contact details for your local Public Health Unit on the NSW Health website. 

Alternatively, call the Public Health Unit on (02) 9382 8333 and we will email the records back to you. 

The NSW Immunisation Program is based on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded by the Australian Government and the program funded by the NSW Ministry of Health. The NSW Immunisation Schedule specifies the immunisations NSW residents should receive at specific times of our life from birth to adults. Changes to the NSW Immunisation Schedule can be found on the NSW Health website.

Individuals aged 10 to 19 years are eligible to receive free catch-up vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program. They must commence the catch-up schedule before their 20th birthday to be eligible. Refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over are also eligible for a number of free catch-up vaccinations. More information on the catch-up schedule can be found on the NSW Health website.

The Public Health Unit works with all schools located within the District to arrange vaccination clinics at the school, usually in high school. These vaccinations include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) for the students in Year 7, and the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination for students in Year 10. If a student misses their school vaccination clinic, they can be offered a catch-up vaccination at future school clinics during the year or they can be arranged with a local GP.

For more information:

The Public Health Unit does not provide specific advice on immunisations required for overseas travel to particular countries or regions due to the specialised nature of the information required. Travellers requiring a Yellow Fever vaccination need to visit a medical centre approved by NSW Health. A list of approved Yellow Fever providers in New South Wales can be found on the NSW Health website.

For all travel-related immunisation, you should contact a specialist travel medicine centre. You will probably need to make an appointment and may need to pay up-front for the consultation, although some centres bulk-bill for Medicare card holders. You will need to check these specifics with the centre. There are no government services providing free vaccination for travellers heading overseas.

For more information:

Note: There are many websites that offer advice and information, however, information gathered from websites should not be used as a substitute for a visit to a specialised travel medical centre.

In addition to the vaccinations in the NSW Immunisation Schedule, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples may also be eligible for additional free vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

For more information about the recommended vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, visit Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Department of Health website. Also see NCIRS website Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation and the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture and it is our duty of care to prioritise their health. Unfortunately Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still suffer from significant health disadvantages such as chronic health conditions, greater risk of exposure to diseases and challenges to access proper health care. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification is needed to assist in improving these poorer health outcomes. It is important that we have the correct information regarding family background, so that health services are tailored to suit individual health needs.

Identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with health services such as Medicare, doctor clinics and hospital services is important. This information provides the correct number of people using a health service and can assist in improving the health system to deliver the best health care for you, your family and the community. This may also enable you to access additional support services by linking in with an Aboriginal Health worker or other health services depending on the health needs of you or your family.

If you are using a health service and you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, please let the staff know. You can do this by either answering the question on a form you are completing or in person when asked. This will help towards improving Aboriginal Health in a culturally appropriate way.  

During early childhood, the immune system is still developing. Getting vaccinated helps to strengthen the immune system and protect children from serious diseases. You can view the National Immunisation Program Schedule and the NSW Immunisation Schedule to find out what vaccinations your child needs and when. Children aged 4 years and under should be vaccinated for:

A free app is also available to remind parents when their children's vaccinations are due.

For more information about early childhood vaccinations, visit:

Vaccinations for older adults are important to reduce your risk of vaccine-preventable diseases as you age. These vaccines are dependent on your age, your job, your travel plans, if you missed any vaccines as a child, or if you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Vaccinations are recommended for older adults to prevent the flu (influenza), shingles (herpes zoster), and pneumococcal disease. Booster vaccinations are recommended for diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis), especially if around newborn babies. If you missed out on vaccinations as a child, it is recommended that you receive catch-up vaccinations for polio (poliomyelitis)measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella), and hepatitis B.

For more information about the recommended vaccinations and catch-up vaccinations, you should speak to your doctor or vaccination provider. You can also find more information on the Commonwealth Department of Health website.

For futher information go to NCIRS enhanced flu vaccine for people aged 65 years and over.

To contact the Immunisation team email us or phone (02) 9382 8333 during business hours.