Australia's Immunisation History

Events

1917 Smallpox vaccine produced in Australia

1917

1924 Diphtheria toxin–antitoxin introduced

1924

1925 Tetanus toxoid vaccine introduced

1925

1932 Public immunisation began

1932

1953 Diphtheria–tetanus–pertussis introduced

1953

1956 Inactivated polio vaccine introduced

1956

1966 Oral polio vaccine introduced

1966

1969 Measles vaccine introduced

1969

1971 Rubella vaccine introduced

1971

1982 Pneumovax 14® vaccine introduced

1982

1983 Hepatitis B vaccine introduced

1983

1989 Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine introduced

1989

1993 Hepatitis A vaccine introduced

1993

1997 Influenza vaccination program began for over 65 year olds

1997

2001 Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine introduced

2001

2002 Meningococcal vaccine introduced

2002