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Vaccination catch-up resources

Catch-up vaccination aims to provide optimal protection against disease as quickly as possible by completing a person’s recommended vaccination schedule in the shortest but most effective time frame.

For incomplete or overdue vaccinations, always build a catch-up schedule based on the previous documented doses the person has received. In almost all cases, do not start the schedule again, regardless of the interval since the last dose. One exception to this rule is for oral cholera vaccine.

Plan catch-up vaccination for people aged less than 10 years by using the Immunisation Calculator

Plan catch-up vaccination for people aged from 10 years to 19 years – Download the guideline


Victorian immunisation schedule – January 2019

Download the Victorian immunisation schedule – January 2019 to replace the October 2018 version.

Schedule changes to note:

  • the 18 month routinely includes ActHIB®
  • Year 10 secondary school students and 15 to 19 year olds – Meningococcal ACWY vaccine program commences in April 2019
  • MMR II® vaccine can be now be administered by either IMI or SC injection
  • MSM, people who have injected drugs in the past 12 months, homeless rough sleepers and adult prisoners – the vaccine program has been extended for two vaccines:
    • Hepatitis A vaccine ends 30 June 2019
    • HPV (Gardasil®) vaccine ends 31st October 2019
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months of age are eligible for free influenza vaccine.

Download the HALO poster/brochure to display – Do you need immunisation?

Download the poster for the reminder about the vaccination changes to the Childhood National Immunisation Schedule 2019.


All human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination records have moved to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

The change means that all vaccination information from the National HPV Vaccination Register will now be kept in one place on the AIR 

Record any HPV vaccinations you give on the AIR, using your practice management software or the AIR site. Make sure you have the latest version of the software, including any updates.

You can check and print the vaccination records for your patients using the AIR site.

For more information about how to access the AIR site


Heading off on holidays?

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton has launched an extensive new travel advice section on the Better Health Channel, covering what you should do before you leave, while away and when you get back.

This includes checklists to help with packing, signs to watch for while away and what to do if you return home unwell, to avoid sharing an exotic disease along with those holiday pics with your friends and family.

Travel and holidays

Dr Sutton said ‘When we take a break and go on a holiday, our health benefits too – it reduces our stress levels, increases our physical activity and makes us take time out to get plenty of rest.

Don’t let the unexpected ruin your well-earned break. We all know to get the right visa – but it’s just as important to make sure we’re fully vaccinated and protected against diseases occurring in other countries.’


The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance has updated their web site

NCIRS logoContent from Australia's trusted independent immunisation experts.

View a summary of the broad range of resources that may assist your vaccination activity


Infographics and fact sheet resources to explain vaccine safety and disease incidence

AusVaxSafety and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have created resources to quickly inform and educate people who want to know more about vaccine preventable disease and vaccine safety.

Infographics related to each childhood schedule point highlight and summarise the results of vaccine safety data from AusVaxSafety.

Fact sheets about each vaccine-preventable disease on the National Immunisation Program summarise the disease, their impact in Australia, including the number of cases reported, hospitalisations and deaths. 


Links

Recommendations for the composition of influenza vaccine for Australia in 2019

Are your patients with asplenia or hyposplenism registered with the Spleen Register?

The Bexsero dosing schedule is located in the MVEC meningococcal disease and vaccines fact sheet, Table 2: Recommended MenB vaccine schedule for healthy individuals, travellers and laboratory workers.

2019 CVU — Save the date

The next Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) will be held on Friday 26th April, 2019 in the Copland Theatre (The Spot Building) at The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
Topics will include updates on specific vaccines, adult and travel immunisations, as well as new immunisation resources.

Watch the Events page on MVEC for details to follow. 

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