Childhood Immunisation Program

The Childhood Immunisation Program forms part of the National Immunisation Program, which provides free vaccines to children eligible for 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 National Immunisation Program Schedule for South Australia (PDF 79KB) shows the age and the vaccines that children should receive by the time they are four years of age.

All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age, and Aboriginal children from 6 months of age, are eligible to receive free flu vaccines as part of the Annual Funded Childhood Influenza Program. See the Flu Vaccine page for more information.

Some of the vaccines listed below may be given as combination vaccines, for example, diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B are given as a combination vaccine, Infanrix® hexa, at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months.

Vaccines at birth

Vaccines at 6 weeks of age

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Vaccines at 4 months of age

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Vaccines at 6 months of age

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Vaccines at 12 months of age

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Vaccines at 18 months of age

Vaccines at 4 years of age

#MAR: Further vaccinations are also required for children with specific medical at risk (MAR) conditions. For more information visit Medical at risk immunisation requirements.

Aboriginal children are also recommended to receive a further pneumococcal vaccine at 9-14 years of age. See Aboriginal immunisation recommendations.

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.

Missed vaccines

Have you missed any of your Childhood Immunisation Program vaccines? If you have and are under 20 years of age, you can receive most missed vaccines for free. See your immunisation provider or doctor for further information.

Further information

For further information on the Childhood Immunisation Program see the Childhood Immunisation Program frequently asked questions or contact your doctor or immunisation provider.