Referring to the Special Immunisation Service
The Special Immunisation Service (SIS) is an outpatient referral service for infants, children and adolescents who have or are at an increased risk of experiencing an adverse reaction following vaccination.
Who can be referred
Infants, children and adolescents can be referred to the Special Immunisation Service for further assessment if they:
- have experienced a serious or unexpected adverse reaction following a vaccine
- have medical conditions that may increase their risk of an adverse reaction following a vaccine
- are considered at risk due to previous allergies.
- a convulsion with or without a fever
- persistent and inconsolable screaming for greater than three hours
- collapse or shock like state (hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode-HHE)
- anaphylaxis or generalised skin rash occurring within six hours of immunisation
- any other significant problem which is temporally related to immunisation and which is regarded as serious because it resulted in hospitalisation, disability or prevented the completion of the recommended immunisation schedule
- children who are considered to be at a high risk of experiencing an adverse reaction post immunisation because they have an underlying medical disorder including any immunodeficiency disorder.
How to refer your patient
Referring patients to the clinic is done either through:
- SA Health's Immunisation Section or
- General Practitioners can refer by directly contacting the clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
When SA Health is notified of any unwanted or unexpected event occurring post immunisation, the Immunisation Section assesses the report and if necessary criteria are met, will refer your patient to the clinic.
For more information
For more information on referring patients to the Special Immunisation Service, contact SA Health's Immunisation Section.