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Immunisation

Immunisation is provided for babies and children in the school program.
Vaccines include Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus and accellular pertussis (DTPa), Chicken Pox, Gardasil - Human Papilomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal C, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Varicella (VZV) and Rotavirus.

A healthy community

Immunisation clinics are run by City of Marion at the Marion Cultural Centre and the Cove Civic Centre for children up to 7 years of age, school students and adolescents who have missed vaccinations at school.

The Council also supports immunisation services offered by local Medical Practitioners.

The below immunisation schedule will assist you to understand what immunisations your child needs.

Immunisation schedule

AgeVaccination
BirthHepatitis B
6 weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, injectable Polio
Haemophysis Influenza Type B and Hepatitis B
Pneumococcal conjugate
Rotavirus (oral)

4 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, injectable Polio
Haemophysis Influenza Type B and Hepatitis B

Pneumococcal conjugate
Rotavirus (oral)

6 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, injectable Polio, 
Haemophysis Influenza Type B and Hepatitis B
Pneumococcal conjugate

12 months

Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Haemophysis influenza Type B, Meningitis C
Pneumococcal conjugate
Hepatitis A

18 months

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella
Diphtheria Tetanus
Hepatitis A

4 years

Diphtheria Tetanus, Whooping Cough
Injectable Polio

Indigenous children may be eligible for additional vaccinations.

Please contact council on 8375 6600 for further information regarding these vaccines.

Council immunisation clinics

Council Immunisation Clinics are offered for children up to the age of 7 years and catch up clinics for eligible school students. These are drop in services and no appointment is required.
 
Please note: To be eligible for a free vaccine at the Council Immunisation Clinic you are required to possess a Medicare card. If you do not have a Medicare card you need to see your General Practitioner for immunisation.

Immunisation clinics:   
Marion Cultural Centre
First Thursday of the month
287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046 1:15pm to 3:45pm

Dates:

  • 3 January 2019
  • 7 February 2019
  • 7 March 2019
  • 4 April 2019
  • 2 May 2019
  • 6 June 2019
  • 4 July 2019
  • 1 August 2019
  • 5 September 2019
  • 3 October 2019
  • 7 November 2019
  • 5 December 2019

Cove Civic Centre
Third Thursday of the month
1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove SA 5158 10:00am to 12:00pm

Dates:

  • 17 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
  • 21 March 2019
  • 18 April 2019
  • 16 May 2019
  • 20 June 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 15 August 2019
  • 19 September 2019
  • 17 October 2019
  • 21 November 2019
  • 19 December 2019

New Arrival and Refugee (NARI) clinics

The City of Marion runs "NARI" clinics which provide immunisation for people who are refugees or who are newly arrived to Australia.

The clinics are held once per month at the Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre, providing a great link to our neighbourhood centres with people who are new to our community. Bookings are by referral. Interpreters can be arranged for people accessing the clinics.

Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre is located at 1 Cumbria Court, Mitchell Park.

For further information please contact Pop Up Medics by calling or via email.

Possible reactions from vaccinations

Any injection may result in soreness, redness, itching, swelling or burning at the injection site for 1 to 2 days. Sometimes a small, hard lump may persist for some weeks or more. This is no cause for concern.

VaccinationPossible reactions
Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis

Usually mild and transient.

Within 24 hours.

Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.

Mild temperature (fever). An infant may be grizzly, unsettled and generally unhappy.

This may persist for 24-48 hours.

Drowsiness.

Haemophilus influenza type b

Usually mild and transient.

Localised pain, swelling at injection site.

Mild fever.

Measles, mumps, rubella

Discomfort at injection site.

Usually mild and transient.

The following may occur 5 to 12 days after vaccination:

Low grade temperature (fever).

Faint rash (not infectious).

Head cold/or runny nose.

Cough and/or puffy eyes.

Swelling of salivary glands.

Hepatitis B

Very occasionally soreness, redness at the injection site.

Low grade fever.

Inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine

Muscle aches.

Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.

Low grade temperature (fever).

Meningococcal C

Common side effects include:

- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site.

- Mild fever.

- Lack of appetite.

- Headache.

Very rare side effects include:

- Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

- Joint pain.

- Rash.

Pneumoccocal

Common side effects include:

- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site.

- Fever.

- Decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, drowsiness, restless sleep and irritability.

Rare side effects include:

- Rash (hives or weavles).

Very rare side effects include:

- Seizures (convulsions) and hypotonic-hyporesponsiveness episodes (flat, floppy and unresponsive).

Chicken Pox

Common side effects include:

- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site.

- May develop symptoms of mild chicken pox several weeks after vaccination.

Rare side effects include:

- Fever.

- Lung problems.

- Middle ear infections.

Gardasil - Human Papiloma Virus (HPV)Minor redness, pain, mild fever and swelling at the injection site.

What to do if you have a reaction

For mild reactions

Give extra fluids to drink.

Do not overdress a baby if hot.

Give paracetamol to lower fever if needed.

Paracetamol should only be given in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or after contacting your doctor.

For redness or swellingApply a cold compress
For pain and feverFever may occur. Give paracetamol as directed on the packet and consult your doctor if fever persists.
For serious reactionsIf you are concerned, and/or if reactions to immunisation are severe or persistent, please contact your doctor or hospital. Otherwise ring: Child and Youth Health Help Line (Phone below)

If any reaction occurs that you consider serious or unexpected,
seek medical advice and report to:  Immunisation Section SA Health

Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Parent Helpline

This help line provides telephone information and support at any time 7 days a week (calls received between 7.15am - 9.15pm will be answered by local Parent Helpline staff; calls received outside these hours will be automatically redirected to the national healthdirect helpline).

Immunisation records

For all immunisation records please contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Further information

If you would like more details about any immunisation matters, please don't hesitate to contact your doctor or visit the agencies listed below.