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In this issue:

  • New - Victorian Government funded measles-containing vaccine program for adults
  • Pharmacist Immunisers can administer MMR vaccine to 16 year olds and above
  • MSM vaccine program update
  • Cold chain management - educational webinar
  • National HPV Register transition of records to the AIR
  • ‘No Jab, No Play’ updated resources for immunisation providers

New - Victorian Government funded MMR catch-up vaccine program for adults

MMR vaccine is now available for all adults born during or since 1966 and aged from 20 years without evidence of two documented doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity.

MMR catch-up vaccine program for adults

MMR II® vaccine is available to order and use for this program.

Pharmacist immuniser’s can now administer MMR vaccine as well as pertussis and influenza vaccines to 16 year olds and over.

Don’t forget to report all MMR vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Order MMR II® vaccine using the Victorian Government vaccine order form.

Download the updated Victorian immunisation schedule October 2018.

Find out more from the Chief Health Officer noticeboard.

Influenza vaccine in pregnancy

For women who receive an influenza vaccine late in the influenza season, revaccinate if the subsequent season's vaccine becomes available before the end of pregnancy.

Influenza vaccine in pregnancyWomen who are in their first trimester in the first quarter of the year may wish to wait until that year's influenza vaccine becomes available, rather than receiving last year's vaccine.

(Pers comm 17 October 2018, Assoc Professor Michelle Giles)

Some 2018 Afluria Quad® vaccine expires in February and March 2019. Pregnant women can receive this vaccine up until the expiry date.

Order Afluria Quad® vaccine using the Victorian Government vaccine order form.

MSM vaccine program

Please continue to vaccinate all men who have sex with men (MSM) who live in Victoria until 31 December 2018. These men are eligible to get free hepatitis A vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, HPV vaccine and meningococcal ACWY vaccine. 

MSM vaccine program

All MSM are able to access the vaccine through GP clinics and other registered immunisation providers in Victoria, including sexual health clinics with a government vaccine account.

All vaccines administered should be notified to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Access vaccine using the Government vaccine order form.

Cold chain management - educational webinar

The webinar provides excellent information and is relevant for all staff involved with vaccine management from the time it is received by the service until the time the vaccine is administered to the client. Please use it to train new staff and as an annual refresher. 

The team at Eastern Melbourne PHN, on behalf of the Victorian PHN Alliance, developed this educative training webinar with active input from key sector and clinical specialists. The webinar runs for 23 minutes. 

Learn more about cold chain management and free cold chain resources

National HPV Register - transition of records to AIR

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a whole of life register and as such, the HPV vaccination records held in the National HPV Vaccination Program Register (HPV Register) have been transferred into the AIR. 

Consumers and providers can access all vaccination records in one place and AIR Immunisation History Statements now include HPV vaccination information. 

Report all HPV vaccination records only to the AIR.

FAQs about the transition of HPV immunisation records to the AIR

'No Jab, No Play' updated resources for immunisation providers

The role of immunisation providers in relation to the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation is to immunise according to the schedule and promptly update the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

‘No Jab, No Play’ resources for immunisation providers

GPs, Paediatricians and some Specialists can complete the Immunisation medical exemption form for contraindications to immunisation including natural immunity and submit this form to AIR.

AIR Immunisation medical exemption form


AIR elearning module - overseas immunisation records

Australian Immunisation Handbook pneumococcal infographics 

‘Questions about vaccination’ a new National Immunisation Program consumer resource


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