For protection against vaccine-preventable diseases you need immunisations throughout your life, not just in infancy.

What immunisations you need depends on your Health, Age, Lifestyle and Occupation.

Everyone’s HALO is different.

Certain HEALTH issues, such as premature birth, asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, spleen or kidney conditions, will mean you can benefit from immunisation. According to your AGE it is recommended that you receive protection from different diseases. Some LIFESTYLE choices, such as overseas travel or smoking, or OCCUPATIONS which expose you to a greater risk of contact with diseases, will also mean you can benefit from immunisation.

The HALO is a conversation starter, to help you determine which immunisations would be beneficial for you or someone you care for. Remember, it is important to discuss you HALO with your doctor or immunisation provider.


HALO poster

The Victorian Immunisation Schedule

Special Risk Chapter in the Australian Immunisation Handbook


Reviewed by: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse)
Date: February 2018
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.

Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.