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What are boosters?

Page last updated 02 November 2018

For some vaccines several doses will need to be administered to provide you with protection against the disease1,2. For example, you require three doses of a tetanus vaccine to provide immunity. These are usually given at 2 month intervals3.  Afterwards, to provide ongoing protection, ‘boosters’ are given periodically to boost your immunity1-3.This can often be years later and will be different for each type of vaccination2,3

In the case of tetanus, three initial vaccinations are given to infants at 2, 4 and 6 months of age and then boosters at 18 months and 4 years of age.  Another booster is provided to teens in early high school3. These vaccinations and boosters are expected to provide enough immunity to protect you from tetanus into adulthood.  For more information on tetanus boosters in adulthood click here.

Sources & Citations

  3. Australian Government, 2017.Australian Immunisation Handbook. Edition 10. Chapter 4.19 - Tetanus

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.08.0294 Date Preparation August 2018