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Immunisation newsletter - January 2018

In this issue:

  • Four free vaccination programs for men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • What's new on the web in 2018?
  • Gardasil® 9 vaccine availability in 2018
  • Year 7 secondary school 2018 vaccination program
  • Year 10 secondary school 2018 vaccination program
  • Zostavax® GP Decision Aid
  • Report adverse events following immunisation
  • Further reading

Four free vaccination programs for men who have sex with men (MSM)

On Friday 12 January, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) issued an alert advising of a new, free vaccination program for men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who inject drugs, to help combat an outbreak of hepatitis A. You can read the CHO Alert from 12 January 2018 on the department's website which includes specific information for immunisation providers at the end of the alert.

Order the vaccines for eligible MSM from the routine Government vaccine order form


What's new on the web for 2018?

2018 brings a change to the eligibility for free vaccines on the Victorian immunisation schedule. A new immunisation schedule and vaccine order form has been updated. Be sure to use the free immunisation resources to promote vaccination and to help gain informed consent.

Download and use the new comprehensive Victorian immunisation schedule - January 2018

Order the free immunisation resources to promote vaccination and to help gain informed consent


Gardasil® 9 vaccine availability in 2018

Gardasil® 9 vaccine will be available to order from late January 2018 for adolescents in Year 7 of secondary school or age equivalent 12 to 13 years.

Gardasil 9 promotional image.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has information about Gardasil® 9 that will be emailed once it is available on the Immunise Australia website. It includes vaccine intervals for the age of commencement, immunocompromised adolescents and transitioning to the new vaccine.

Gardasil® 9 vaccine is not required for people who have completed a course of Gardasil®.

Gardasil® vaccine must be clearly labelled and separated from Gardasil® 9 stock in your vaccine fridge. Left over Gardasil® can be administered (to order more call Immunisation, 1300 882 008) to people completing their Gardasil® course.

Download and review the immunisation schedule Victoria - January 2018


Year 7 secondary school 2018 vaccination program

Group of five young teenagers in a park.

The Year 7 secondary school 2018 vaccination program provides free vaccinations for students (or age equivalent 12 to 13 years in the community).

Year 7 vaccination program:

  • Human Papillomavirus vaccine - Gardasil® 9, a 2 dose course
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine - Boostrix®, a single dose

Download and review the immunisation schedule Victoria - January 2018


Year 10 secondary school 2018 vaccination program

Group of six teenagers leaning against a wall.The Year 10 secondary school 2018 vaccination program provides free vaccine for students (or age equivalent 15 to 16 years in the community).

Year 10 vaccination program ends 31 December 2018:

  • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y - Menactra®, a single dose

Download and review the immunisation schedule Victoria - January 2018


Zostavax® GP Decision Aid

Confidently identify patients who may be contra-indicated for shingles vaccine by using the Zostavax® GP Decision Aid.

Actively target the eligible 70 to 79 year old age cohort for Zostavax®. Check vaccine records first to confirm that the patient has not already had a dose.

Picture of an outbreak of shingles on the torso.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.

All vaccine doses should be reported to the Australian Immunisation Register.

The Zostavax® GP Decision Aid identifies patients who may be contra-indicated for shingles vaccine.

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


Report adverse events following immunisation

An adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) is an unwanted or unexpected event following the administration of a vaccine(s). AEFIs may be caused by a vaccine(s) or may occur by coincidence (that is, the event would have occurred regardless of vaccination). AEFIs also include conditions that may occur following the incorrect handling or administration of a vaccine.

To receive expert advice, report AEFIs via the SAEFVIC website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Further reading


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