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Immunisation

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of giving you and your family protection against a variety of diseases that may cause significant illness, permanent damage or even death. If enough people are immunised, the infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. As a direct result of immunisation, polio has disappeared from many countries and the small pox disease has been completely wiped out.

When a person is vaccinated, the body produces an immune response in the same way it would after being exposed to a disease, but without the person suffering any symptoms of the disease. If the person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond rapidly enough to prevent the person developing the disease.

City of Adelaide is committed to protecting you, your family and the community from preventable diseases. Scheduled childhood and adult vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program are available free of charge at the drop-in immunisation clinics held at Council's South West & North Adelaide Community Centres.

Thanks to the National Immunisation Program, late last year rubella was officially eliminated from Australia.

View the 2019 National Immunisation Program for babies and children.

2019 Immunisation Program Drop-in Clinics

North Adelaide Community Centre
176 Tynte Street
Every 3rd Monday
2 pm - 4 pm
South West Community Centre
171 Sturt Street
Every 3rd Tuesday
2 pm - 4 pm
21 January  15 January
18 February 19 February
18 March 19 March
15 April 16 April
20 May 21 May
17 June 18 June
15 July 16 July
19 August 20 August
16 September 17 September
21 October 15 October
18 November 19 November
16 December CLOSED

Immunisation Provider: Health and Immunisation Management Services

Contact: 08 8152 0363 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) during 9am – 5pm weekdays.

For non-Medicare card holders, immunisation histories will need to be reviewed offsite before immunisation can occur. These histories need to be translated, legible and emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before you attend a drop-in clinic.

If you would like a copy of your child's immunisation history, please call Health and Immunisation Management Services on 08 8152 0363.

Immunisation clinics

The South West Community Centre run drop-in immunisation clinics held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and the North Adelaide Community Centre run drop-in immunisation clinics held on the 3rd Monday of each month. See the 2019 Immunisation Program above for dates. 

South West Community Centre

171 Sturt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8203 7801

Nearest Bus Stop: Stop 24, Sturt Street, Adelaide
Disability Access: The South West Community Centre is a disability friendly building.

North Adelaide Community Centre

176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide SA 5006
(08) 8203 7811

Nearest Bus Stop: Stop 4 (West) & Stop 5 (East) on O’Connell Street, North Adelaide.
Disability Access: The North Adelaide Community is a disability friendly building.

What to take to immunisation sessions

Ensure you take your child's Personal Health Record book and Medicare card to every immunisation session you attend.

Important information you should tell the doctor or nurse when taking your child for an immunisation

  • Is your child unwell today?
  • Has your child had a severe reaction following any vaccine?
  • Does your child have any severe allergies has your child had a live vaccine within the last month (including tuberculosis, MMR, chicken pox, oral poliomyelitis or yellow fever?
  • Has your child had an injection of immunoglobulin, or a whole blood transfusion in the last 3 months?
  • Does your child have a disease which lowers immunity (e.g. leukaemia, cancer, HIV/AIDS) or is having treatment which lowers immunity (e.g. steroid medicines such as cortisone and prednisone, radiotherapy and chemotherapy)?
  • Does your child live with someone who has a disease which lowers immunity, or lives with someone who is having treatment which lowers immunity?
  • Does your child live with someone who is not immunised?
  • Is your child an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person?

Common side effects of immunisation

Many vaccine injections may result in redness, soreness, itching, swelling or burning at the site of injections as well as mild fever. While these symptoms may concern you and upset your child at the time, the benefit of immunisation is protecting your child from disease. If your child does experience such symptoms, you may consider using paracetamol to help ease the fever and soreness. More serious reactions and other side effects to immunisation are very rare but if they do occur, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

Determining which vaccinations are due for your child and when

Located on the Department of Health's website is the on-line Immunisation Calculator which assists parents and carers to schedule their children's immunisation up to their 7th birthday. The calculator is a computer based system which uses the National Immunisation Program to determine what vaccinations are due and when.

Useful links

Other websites which contain immunisation information and which may be of interest have been listed below:

Useful fact sheets

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