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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.

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

Council runs special catch-up immunisation clinics for school students and adolescents who have missed vaccinations at school.

The below Immunisation Schedule will assist you to understand what immunisations your child needs.


Immunisation schedule
  • Hepatitis B (given in hospital)

2, 4  and 6 months

  • Haemophilis Influenzae type B / Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis / Inactivated poliomyelitis
    vaccine (injectable)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Oral Rotavirus

12 months

  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Measles/mumps/rubella
  • Meningococcal C

18 months

  • Chicken Pox

4 years

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis / Inactivated poliomyelitis
    vaccine (injectable)
  • Measles/mumps/rubella

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:


  • Immunisation clinics:

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


    • 1 February 2018    
    • 1 March 2018    
    • 5 April 2018    
    • 3 May 2018    
    • 7 June 2018    
    • 5 July 2018    
    • 2 August 2018    
    • 6 September 2018    
    • 4 October 2018    
    • 1 November 2018    
    • 6 December 2018    


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


    • 15 February 2018    
    • 15 March 2018    
    • 19 April 2018    
    • 17 May 2018    
    • 14 June 2018    
    • 19 July 2018    
    • 16 August 2018    
    • 20 September 2018    
    • 18 October 2018    
    • 15 November 2018
    • 20 December 2018


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 on 1300 858 047 or


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.

Possible 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.


  • 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 swelling:

  • Apply a cold compress.
For pain and fever: 
  • Fever may occur. Give paracetamol as directed on the packet and consult your doctor if fever persists. 
For serious reactions:
  • If 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
    Tel: 1300 364 100 (24 hours daily, 7 days a week)

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

Immunisation Section SA Health

Phone: 1300 232 272

Please note: Recipients of a vaccine should remain in the vicinity of the clinic for about 15 minutes after vaccination. This is to ensure that they leave in good health and are not experiencing immediate adverse reactions.


Immunisation records

For babies and children up to 7 years of age, please contact the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or by visiting the Human Services website.

For school based immunisation records prior to 2013, please contact:

City of Marion
Community Health & Safety Unit
Phone: (08) 8375 6600
Fax: (08) 8375 6699

For school based immunisation records between 2013 - 2016, please contact:

SA Healthfirst Solutions
Phone: (08) 8152 0363

For school based immunisation records after 2016, please contact:

Pop Up Medics
Phone: 1300 858 047


Further information

If you would like more details about any immunisation matters, please don't hesitate to contact council on 8375 6600, your doctor or visit the agencies listed below.