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My teenager was vaccinated overseas, do I need to vaccinate them again in Australia?

This will depend on what vaccinations your teenager has had overseas and if you are able to provide valid records of their vaccination/s.

If the vaccination schedule of your home country differs greatly for the Australian Immunisation Schedule, or if valid records are not available for your teenager, then your healthcare practitioner or GP may recommend your teenager go through a catch-up schedule in order to be in line with the National Immunisation Program (NIP).  People aged less than 20 years are eligible for free catch-up vaccinations.

Speak with a healthcare professional about your child’s vaccination needs.

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Sources & Citations

Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: (accessed 14 October 2022).

The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Catch-up vaccination. Available at: (accessed 14 October 2022).

MAT-AU-2202836 Date of preparation November 2022