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Immunisation news - May 2016

Keep up to date with vaccine recommendations, view new resources promoting community immunity and more. 

Free influenza vaccine

Influenza vaccination is free to people who are at increased risk of influenza complications, including:
  • 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged six months to less than five years and aged 15 years and over.
  • Anyone aged six months and over with a chronic condition.

More information

The on-line version of the Australian immunisation handbook, 4.7 Influenza chapter, was updated 8 April 2016 to reflect the 2016 seasonal influenza vaccines.

DTPa booster for 18 month olds

The 18-month schedule now includes a booster of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTPa) vaccine. A vaccine is administered into each deltoid muscle of 18 month olds – MMRV in one deltoid and DTPa in the other. This booster will reduce pertussis in young children and transmission to infants too young to be immunised. DTPa brands supplied - Infanrix® and Tripacel®.


Updated NCIRS fact sheets

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) Influenza fact sheet includes the administration of influenza vaccines in 2016. HPV vaccine fact sheets include current information on HPV epidemiology in Australia and information on the evidence demonstrating the safety of HPV vaccines which may assist in discussions with concerned patients.

NCIRS has published a Position Statement on HPV vaccination which highlights the importance of consulting information from trusted and credible sources when considering HPV vaccine.

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