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 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
Chickenpox - - - - - Yes -
Diphtheria - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Hepatitis A - - - - Yes* Yes* -
Hepatitis B Yes Yes Yes Yes - - -
Haemophilus type b (Hib) - Yes Yes Yes - Yes -
Measles - - - - Yes Yes -
Meningococcal ACWY - - - - Yes - -
Meningococcal B - Yes# Yes# - Yes# - -
Mumps - - - - Yes Yes -
Pneumococcal - Yes Yes Yes* Yes - -
Polio - Yes Yes Yes - - Yes
Rotavirus - 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

+ The first dose is given at 6 to 14 weeks of age and the second dose at 10 to 24 weeks of age

# The State Government Meningococcal B Immunisation Program provides free meningococcal B vaccines to eligible at-risk groups who reside in South Australia. The meningococcal B vaccine will be routinely offered at 6 weeks, 4 and 12 months of age.

Printable National Immunisation Program Schedule for South Australia (PDF 79KB)

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

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.

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