Immunisation

Why immunise?

We recognise the importance of protecting the community against vaccine preventable diseases. We share a responsibility with other levels of government and healthcare providers to improve immunisation coverage.

Immunisation is the most effective way to protect your child, family, friends and the community from common, preventable diseases.

To assist the community to stay safe from these diseases, we provide regular public clinics, in line with the National Immunisation Programs, SA Schedule; the national guideline for childhood, adolescent and adult vaccinations.

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Our services

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SA Health are now providing free Whooping Cough (pertussis) vaccines to pregnant woman in their 3rd trimester. These vaccines are now available for free at any of our council clinics. 

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Children

We provide all childhood vaccinations specified on the National Immunisation Program. These include such diseases as Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough.

No appointments are necessary to attend the clinic and all vaccinations included in the national program are provided to children free of charge. Refer to our clinic schedule for further information about the venues, days and times for each clinic.

If parents are unsure as to which vaccinations their child has received, or for further information about the rebate for vaccinations, refer to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

School programs

We provide vaccinations for Year 8 and 9 students for a range of diseases including Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox and cervical cancer.

These services are provided at the following Onkaparinga and Alexandrina Council schools:

  • Aberfoyle Park High School
  • Southern Vales Christian College: Aldinga Campus
  • Cardijn College
  • Christies Beach High School
  • Investigator College: Victor Harbor Campus
  • Melrose Park School
  • Prescott College Southern
  • Reynella East College
  • Seaford 6-12 High School
  • Southern Vales Christian College: Morphett Vale Campus
  • Tatachilla Lutheran College
  • Victor Harbor High School
  • Wirreanda High School
  • Willunga High School
  • Woodcroft College


Parents/guardians must sign consent forms and complete the Medicare details in order for vaccines to be administered to children.

For students who are absent on vaccination day, a letter will be sent to their parents/guardians to notify them of their child’s absence. These students may then attend any of our regular clinics with their parents/guardians in order to receive the missed vaccination at no charge.

Parents/guardians please remember to bring your child’s Medicare card when attending the free clinic.

Meningococcal B Vaccine Herd Immunity Study – B Part of it!

South Australia has the highest rate of the potentially life threatening meningococcal disease in the country. And, of all meningococcal cases, 80 per cent of infections in Australia are caused by the B strain. Currently, the only way to be protected from Meningococcal B is to pay for immunisation through your GP.

With children under five years of age and young adults aged 15-24 years most at risk, the University of Adelaide is leading a study in partnership with SA Health to establish whether there are herd immunity benefits derived as a result of vaccination. The study, which aims to provide free public access to the Meningococcal B vaccine, will examine whether when a significant portion of a population is immunised against a disease, society can prevent the transmission of that disease from one person to another and protect those who are not immune.

All South Australian high schools can B PART OF IT! – over 50 000 students will take part across the state.  Students involved in this research study are offered free vaccines to protect them from Meningococcal B disease. In 2017 and 2018, Year 10, 11 and 12 students across the state will be eligible to participate in the study if their school signs up and parents and students provide consent. Schools will be randomly selected and the students who are part of the study in 2017 will be followed up in 2018. All schools within the City of Onkaparinga, Alexandrina and Victor Harbor councils will be involved and dates have already been negotiated with the schools, starting early in April. A throat swab will be taken from each student, before receiving their vaccine, and as a thank you for their involvement, a $20 iTunes voucher will be provided to all students taking part.

More information can be found at www.bpartofit.com.au or by speaking with the immunisation team.

Alexandrina Council Immunisation Services

Click here to find out about our immunisation sevices in the Alexandrina Council area.

Worksite programs

Arrangements can also be made for our nurses to attend your workplace or business to provide vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough and Influenza for a scheduled fee.

Flu vaccinations are available from March until December each year with all other vaccinations available year-round.

To book a worksite vaccination clinic please complete the form below and fax to (08) 8384 0130 or email to communitysafetygeneral@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au or phone Rebecca Burton (worksite program only) on 8384 0730.

For full information regarding our fees and charges for worksite clinics, please refer to our fees and charges schedule.

Worksite booking form

Adult vaccinations

We provide a fee-for-service program for adults and school students (with parent/guardian permission) to help protect against common diseases and viruses.

No appointment is necessary for this service but a parent or legal guardian must consent to and be present for a child’s vaccination.

Grandparents cannot provide consent unless they are a court-appointed guardian.

For further information about where to find these services, refer to our clinic schedules or contact our Immunisation Services team on telephone (08) 8384 0666.

For full information regarding our fees and charges for worksite clinics, please refer to our PDF icon png fees and charges schedule (347K).

Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine

The City of Onkaparinga is no longer able to offer the Zostavax Vaccine, through our council clinics.

The implementation of the National Shingles Vaccination program in South Australia is primarily delivered through General Practice. The age group eligible to receive the free vaccine is 70-79 year olds and this age group have regular contact with their GP.

The current limitations with the supply chain require distribution to remain in the area of greatest demand.  As a result of this we will no longer be able to offer this vaccine as a fee for service in the council clinics.

Customers requiring or requesting this vaccine are advised to contact or visit their local GP.

Providing a safe service

All vaccines administered in Australia undergo extensive assessments for safety and effectiveness through clinical trials by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

All of our vaccinations are administered by immunisation accredited registered nurses. Our nurses can also provide advice, education and information about vaccines and immunisation in general.

Like all medications, vaccines may have side effects. In the majority of cases these reactions are mild and short-lasting, such as soreness or redness at the injection site for one or two days after the vaccination.

Our nurses can provide information about the possible reactions to vaccines, as well as information for managing these reactions. A leaflet has been produced by SA Health detailing these common reactions and management options, which is also available from our nurses.

Please refer to the links below for further information about immunisation, specific vaccines, frequently asked questions and myths and facts about immunisation.

 

What our nurses cannot provide

Travel vaccines

Travel vaccines are essential for ensuring your health and safety whilst overseas and in preventing the transfer of communicable diseases to Australian shores.

Refer to the following links for more information about travel vaccines:

Unfortunately our nurses are unable to provide travel vaccines. Please refer to the links below for travel vaccine providers in Adelaide. Alternatively, contact your GP for further information.

Self-supplied vaccines

In some cases a medical practitioner will complete a script for a vaccine, so that the individual can purchase the medication and arrange the vaccination at their convenience.

Under law, our nurses are not able to administer vaccinations that have not been purchased by and stored under the control of our offices. Please refer to your prescribing GP for further information about where such vaccines may be administered.

Children accompanied by Grandparents

All vaccinations administered by our nurses must be consented to and conducted in the presence of a parent or legal guardian. For this reason, grandparents cannot consent to vaccinations, unless they have been appointed as a guardian by the court.

For further information, contact our Immunisation Services team on telephone (08) 8384 0666.

No Jab, No Pay

As a part of the Government’s commitment to improving immunisation coverage in Australia the No Jab, No Pay initiative was introduced on the 1st January 2016.

Only parents of children (less than 20 years) who are fully immunised, or are on a recognised immunisation catch-up schedule or have an approved medical exemption, can receive the family assistance payments. Children up to 19 years of age can receive catch-up childhood vaccinations free of charge through our service.

Vaccination catch-up arrangements

If your child requires a catch-up of their childhood vaccinations, our immunisation team can plan a catch-up program specific for your child. To be able to do this effectively, you will need to provide us with your name and contact details, your child’s details, including date of birth, Medicare number and any known previous vaccination records. This information can be brought into any of our council offices or can be taken to any of our immunisation clinics. Copies of this information can also be emailed to: immunisation@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au  

Please note, if these records are provided at a clinic, the catch-up schedule must be calculated by one of our Registered Nurses and your child will not necessarily be vaccinated at the clinic at that time. However, you will be contacted once a vaccination catch-up schedule has been created and then advised which clinic you are able to attend to receive the vaccinations.

Further information regarding the No Jab, No Pay  program can be found at the following web site:

www.immunise.health.gov.au

Or contact our immunisation team on 8384 0666.

Immunisation clinic

Immunisation schedule

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