The aim of immunisation programs is to reduce the impact of vaccine preventable disease through achieving high vaccine coverage rates in the community.
The vaccines offered through these immunisation programs are free, however, in some cases a service delivery fee may be applied by the immunisation provider.
National Immunisation Program
The National Immunisation Program is supported by the Australian Government and provides free vaccines for children, adolescents and adults who are eligible for Medicare benefits. The National Immunisation Program consists of the following:
Childhood Immunisation Program
The Childhood Immunisation Program provides free vaccines against many different diseases for children aged up to four years of age.
School Immunisation Program
The School Immunisation Program provides recommended vaccines for South Australian students in Year 8.
Annual Influenza Program
The Annual Influenza Program provides free vaccines to specific groups who are considered at greatest risk from complications of the flu (Influenza).
National Shingles Vaccination Program
The National Shingles Vaccination Program provides free Shingles vaccine to people aged 70 years of age. There is also a five year catch up program for people aged 71 to 79 years of age until 2021.
High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program
The High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program provides free hepatitis B vaccines to groups who are at an increased risk of developing hepatitis B infection.
New Arrival Refugee Immunisation (NARI) Program
The New Arrival Refugee Immunisation (NARI) Program offers specific vaccines to newly arrived refugees as part of the Australian Government Humanitarian Scheme.
Whooping Cough Vaccine in Pregnancy Program
As part of the Whooping Cough Vaccine in Pregnancy Program, pregnant women in their third trimester can receive free whooping cough combination vaccine to protect their newborn baby from pertussis, in the first few months of life.
Ceduna region Meningococcal W Vaccination Program
The Ceduna region meningococcal W vaccination program is a limited time vaccination program against meningococcal serogroup W (MenW) disease that will be offered to people living in Ceduna and the surrounding areas.
For further information immunisation programs, contact your doctor, immunisation provider or SA Health's Immunisation Section.