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Childhood Immunisation Program

The Childhood Immunisation Program forms part of the National Immunisation Program, which provides free vaccines to children listed on a Medicare card.

The free vaccines available on the South Australian vaccine schedule provide protection for many diseases by the time a child is four years of age.

Vaccines included under the program

The below table shows the age and the vaccines that children should receive by the time they are four years of age.

Vaccine Birth 6 weeks 4
months
6
months
12
months
18
months
4
years^
Chickenpox - - - - - Yes -
Diphtheria - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Hepatitis A - - - - Yes* Yes* -
Hepatitis B Yes Yes Yes Yes - - -
Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (Hib) - Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Measles - - - - Yes Yes -
Meningococcal C - - - - Yes - -
Mumps - - - - Yes Yes -
Pneumococcal - Yes Yes Yes Yes* - -
Polio - Yes Yes Yes - - Yes
Rotavirus - Yes Yes Yes - - -
Rubella - - - - Yes Yes -
Tetanus - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Whooping cough - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes

* Additional vaccine doses recommended for Aboriginal children

Printable National Immunisation Program Schedule (PDF 79KB)

Accessing the vaccines

All vaccines under the Childhood Immunisation Program are available through your doctor, some community health centres or local council immunisation clinics. See the Immunisation services page for more information.

Further information

For further information on the Childhood Immunisation Program see the Childhood Immunisation Program frequently asked questions or contact your doctor, immunisation provider or SA Health's Immunisation Section.

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