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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.

The Special Immunisation Service is funded by SA Health, offered by the Department of Allergy and Immunology though the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Who can be referred

Infants, children and adolescents can be referred to the Special Immunisation Service for further assessment if they:

Referral criteria

  • 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:

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.

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