Immunisation Clinics

Clinic Dates for 2018 - 2019 - 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm - Murray Bridge Public Library

 Immunisation Poster 2018

The Rural City of Murray Bridge supports the health and wellbeing of the community by providing a safe, accessible and cost-effective Immunisation Service in order to prevent the spread of diseases. All vaccines funded under the “National Immunisation Program” are free to Medicare card holders. Private influenza vaccines are available for a fee during Autumn, Winter and Spring. Our service is unable to give vaccines that are not supplied by our service and we are not able to provide travel vaccines. Please see your GP for these vaccines.

In partnership with the Mount Barker District Council a public drop in clinic is held between 2.30pm and 4pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Murray Bridge Library, Level 2 Murray Bridge Marketplace, 51 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. If your child is attending Council’s clinic and is under the age of 16 years, they must be accompanied by an adult and their parent/legal guardian must consent to the vaccines(s) in writing using our childhood schedule consent form. Immunisation will only proceed if we are sure we have valid and informed consent.

No Jab No Pay Policy Expansion 
From 1 July 2017 individuals aged 10 years and up to and including 19 years of age may be eligible (with Medicare card) to receive catch up childhood vaccinations as per the National Immunisation Program free of charge through our service. Catch up school vaccines may also be free for teens. If you require catch up vaccines please bring all childhood vaccine records (Blue book) and records of any vaccines given by other providers to the clinic. Due to time restraints at the clinic we may be unable to work out a catch up program on the spot but every effort will be made to do so, alternatively we will take a copy of your records and advise the next available time to have the vaccines. Catch up vaccines are also available at your local GP practice.

School Immunisation Program 2019 
Council offers on site vaccination programs for high school students in the Rural City of Murray Bridge region. Year 8 students will be offered Human Papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil 9) and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough vaccine (Boostrix). In 2019 Year 10 students will be offered Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) and Meningococcal B Vaccine (Bexero). Information packs (including consent forms) will be sent home from school to all parent/legal guardians in week 1 of Term 1. Please contact your child’s school for extra consent forms or the dates of the published Immunisation visits. These vaccines are also available at our public clinics if preferred or if your child is absent from school on the scheduled immunisations visit.

SA Government Funded Meningococcal B Immunisation Program 
Free Meningococcal B vaccines are available (for a limited time) for eligible children and young adults that are residents of South Australia and have a Medicare card, Please refer to SA Health Website for further information including recommendations for eligible age groups. These vaccines can be accessed through your local GP or our Immunisation service. Please note that children less than 2 years of age  are strongly recommended to be given an age appropriate dose of paracetamol 30 minutes before Immunisation followed by further doses post vaccination (please seek advice from your Immunisation provider regarding this recommendation). 

Seasonal Influenza
Free vaccination for influenza is available from Autumn annually for people at risk due to a medical condition (from 6 months of age), pregnancy, Aboriginal children from 6months – 5 years of age, Aboriginal people from 15 years of age and for all aged 65 years and over.  If you are not eligible for the funded vaccine, the Influenza vaccine is available at a cost of $25 per dose (cash only please). Influenza vaccines are recommended for everyone over 6months of age and this vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that cannot cause influenza.

Whooping Cough Vaccinations 
A funded vaccination for Whooping Cough (which includes Diphtheria and Tetanus) is now available for women during the 3rd trimester (from 28 weeks) of each pregnancy to provide protection for young babies who are most at risk of whooping cough. These are available at all of our public clinics. Vaccination against Whooping Cough is strongly recommended for anyone in regular contact with infants and can be purchased at our clinics at a cost of $45 per dose.

Contact us 
We encourage you to contact us with any questions regarding Immunisation. Please phone 8391 7222 Monday – Thursday  (please leave a message and we will return your call). SA Health Immunisation can also be contacted by phoning 1300 232 272 during office hours Monday - Friday. Please note past records of vaccinations given for students attending High Schools in the Murray Bridge region are only available from 2013 onwards at the Mount Barker Council.  All earlier records are available through Murray Bridge Council ph. 85391100.

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