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Immunisation newsletter — November–December 2017

In this issue:

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) is contraindicated for the shingles vaccine, Zostavax®
  • New meningococcal vaccine resources
  • Adolescent HPV vaccination coverage reports 2016
  • Introduction of Gardasil®9 vaccine from 2018
  • Free active surveillance vaccine safety software - SmartVax
  • Free immunisation resources

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) is contraindicated for the shingles vaccine, Zostavax®

Immunocompromising conditions and therapy that are contraindicated include:

  • Primary or acquired immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppressive therapy (current or recent)

Confidently identify patients who may be contra-indicated for shingles vaccine by using the Zostavax - GP decision aid.

Zostavax® contains live attenuated varicella-zoster virus, containing 14 times more virus than the childhood varicella vaccine. Inadvertent administration to immunocompromised people is associated with a risk of disseminated disease from the vaccine virus.

Age eligible 70 to 79 year old cohort. Check vaccine records first to confirm that the patient has not already had a dose.

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre also provides a range of other resources about shingles.


New meningococcal vaccine resources

Image of free meningococal vaccine poster.The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) has updated its meningococcal fact sheet and developed a new FAQ.

A new video shows the reality of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) while promoting the free meningococcal vaccine for 15-19 year olds. It features Eliza Ault-Connell, paralympic athlete and IMD survivor. The video is a powerful resource to encourage eligible young people to be vaccinated.

Review the NCIRS meningococcal fact sheet.

Review the NCIRS meningococcal FAQ.

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre has a summary of meningococcal ACWY and meningococcal B vaccine brands and the recommended doses dependent on the age at commencement of the vaccine course.

Hear Eliza's meningococcal experience and vaccine promotion.


Adolescent HPV vaccination coverage reports 2016

Image of six young people standing against a wall.The 2016 HPV vaccination coverage data for females and males turning 15 years of age in 2016 is available on the HPV Register website. The latest data indicates a continued increase in National (Australia) HPV 3 dose vaccination coverage for both females and males turning 15 years of age.


Introduction of Gardasil®9 vaccine from 2018

Gardasil®9 (9-valent human papillomavirus - 9vHPV) vaccine, will be listed on the National Immunisation Program from 1 January 2018.

Adolescent girls and boys in Year 7 of secondary school or aged 12-13 years will be offered Gardasil®9. It is a 2-dose schedule with a minimum 6 months between the doses.

Immunocompromised people and those aged 15 years and over require 3 doses of Gardasil®9.

Gardasil®9 includes the vaccine types covered by Gardasil® (6, 11 ,16, 18) plus an additional 5 oncogenic HPV types (31, 33, 45, 52 and 58).


Free active surveillance vaccine safety software - SmartVax

Led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, AusVaxSafety is an active vaccine safety system significantly enhancing Australia's ability to monitor, detect and respond to potential vaccine safety signals.

For the 2017 influenza season, AusVaxSafety collected data from more than 70,000 participants in real-time, with no safety signal identified. More than 98% of data was provided from SmartVax, which is FREE, automated software for immunisation providers. For more information or to install SmartVax, please email info@smartvax.com.au.

Find out more about AusVaxSafety, a national active vaccine safety surveillance initiative.


Free immunisation resources

Image of printed immunisation resources.Free immunisation resources such as the pre-immunisation checklist and the vaccine side effects tear-off pads will help make each immunisation encounter quicker and effective for your service.

See the range of free immunisation resources available to order from the Victorian and Australian governments.

Order pamphlets, posters, stickers, magnets now.


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