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Immunisation news - September 2016

Keep up to date with vaccine information and recommendations.

In this issue:

  • Shingles Program commences 1 November 2016
  • Minimum acceptable dose intervals for catch-up vaccines for children under 10 years of age
  • Recommended vaccines for people with functional or anatomical asplenia
  • Adverse events following immunisation
  • Sonny has an immune deficiency disorder that means he cannot be vaccinated
  • Infectious diseases surveillance in Victoria

Minimum acceptable dose intervals for catch-up vaccines for children under 10 years of age

Minimum acceptable dose intervals are only to be used under special circumstances, such as when catch-up vaccination is required until a child is back on schedule for their age.

These intervals may differ from the routinely recommended intervals between doses under the NIP schedule. If providing catch-up using a combination vaccine, it is important to ensure that minimum intervals are met for all antigens.

Recommended vaccines for people with functional or anatomical asplenia

People either without a spleen or have one that isn't working have a lifelong increased risk of contracting a severe bacterial infection.

This is because they have lost the spleen's function to produce white blood cells that specifically fight these bacterial infections.

The most common infections are pneumococcus, meningococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type B.

Spleen Australia is a clinical service and registry for people with functional or anatomical asplenia

Adverse events following immunisation

An Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) can be any unexpected or serious outcome that happens following administration of a vaccine.

It may be related to the vaccine itself, handling of the vaccine or its administration.

An AEFI can be coincidentally associated with the timing of immunisation without necessarily being caused by the vaccine or immunisation process.

For expert advice always report AEFI to the Victorian vaccine safety service SAEFVIC

Infectious disease surveillance in Victoria

Infectious diseases and other conditions of concern still occur frequently throughout the world requiring constant vigilance to prevent their reappearance.

The department routinely publishes reports on infectious diseases and other conditions notifiable in Victoria, including:

  • daily reports for all notifiable conditions
  • monthly reports on HIV/AIDS
  • annual reports
  • the Victorian Infectious Diseases Bulletin.

Vaccine preventable diseases summary

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