Immunisation programs

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.

Vaccines through the following immunisation programs are available through your immunisation provider. See the Immunisation services page for a list of providers.

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

All individuals aged 10 to 19 years are eligible for funded vaccines under the expansion of the National Immunisation Program.

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. Additional vaccine are also recommended for Aboriginal children, for further information see Aboriginal immunisation recommendations.

School Immunisation Program

The School Immunisation Program provides recommended vaccines for South Australian students in Years 8, 10 and 11. 

Catch up schedules

Catch up schedules are required for individuals who have missed or delayed vaccines and may be necessary for child care, and school enrolment and are currently used to determine eligibility for some family assistance payments. A catch up schedule is planned by health professionals based on age, vaccination history, current recommendations and risk factors. For further information speak to your immunistion provider

Meningococcal B Immunisation Program

A state-wide Meningococcal B Immunisation Program for babies and children will start on 1 October 2018. Meningococcal B vaccinations will be available in a phased implementation, starting with a childhood program for babies aged six weeks to 12 months of age, and a childhood catch-up program for children aged over 12 months of age to less than  four years of age.

In early 2019, the immunisation program will be expanded to be included in the School Immunisation Program in Year 10, with a catch-up program for students in Year 11, as well as young people aged from 17 to less than 21 years of age.

The program will be delivered through existing service providers including GPs, local government immunisation clinics, Aboriginal Health Services, Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS), Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN), Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) and other existing programs including the School Immunisation Program.

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.

All refugees and humanitarian entrants aged over 20 years of age are eligible for funded vaccines under the expansion of the National Immunisation Program.

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.

Further information

For further information immunisation programs, contact your doctor or immunisation provider.

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