The majority of vaccines administered in Australia are funded under the National Immunisation program (NIP), as detailed in our MVEC vaccine schedule application AUSIMM.

In some circumstances vaccines need to be purchased privately, examples including:

  • travel vaccines
  • catch-up childhood vaccines* once ≥ 10 years of age
  • international patients without a Medicare card
  • Influenza vaccine for household contacts who do not qualify for NIP funded vaccine

Some additional vaccines may be funded if a patient has an underlying special risk medical condition, and/or requested by a medical practitioner. If uncertain, please check with your treating doctor.

RCH, Melbourne, can provide provate vaccines on prescription, either through Woods pharmacy or the Drop-In Centre# (both on the lower ground floor).

*Exception is catch-up schedule for immigrant health/refugee families
#Private vaccines can only be administered at the RCH Drop-In Centre if ordered by an RCH medical practitioner


RCH Private Vaccine Costs 2015

If you have any queries, please check with your treating doctor or call the Immunisation Hotline on 1300 882 924 (option 2)


Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Date: September 2014
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.