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In this issue:

  • Victorian immunisation schedule - January 2019
  • Are you using a purpose built vaccine refrigerator?
  • AusVaxSafety data for Gardasil9® - Year 7 secondary school vaccine program
  • Avoid vaccine administration error
  • Alert - soon to expire vaccine brand
  • Planning your professional development for 2019?

Victorian immunisation schedule - January 2019

Download the Victorian immunisation schedule - January 2019.

Schedule changes:

  • the 18 month schedule point routinely includes ActHIB®
  • Year 10 secondary school students and 15 to 19 year olds - Meningococcal ACWY vaccine program from 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 current Government vaccine order form to order your stock.

Are you using a purpose built vaccine refrigerator?

A purpose built vaccine refrigerator and data logger are a minimum requirement for vaccine storage. 

Make sure there is sufficient refrigerator capacity to store the vaccine required for the expanding immunisation schedule. A high volume of stock can affect refrigerator cold chain maintenance. 

The data logger:

  • Provides information on the duration of a cold chain breach and supplements a cold chain audit.
  • Confirms if the cold chain temperature is maintained and monitors the refrigerator temperature in 10 to 15 minute intervals.
Review the cold chain policy, especially for new staff responsible for documenting the routine twice daily refrigerator temperature and data logger weekly download.

AusVaxSafety data for Gardasil9® - Year 7 secondary school vaccine program

Data from AusVaxSafety confirm the safety of new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil9® in Australian adolescents. Over 8,000 parents of vaccinated 11 - 14 year olds have provided feedback to an SMS-based survey of safety after the vaccination.

Gardasil9® vaccine is scheduled for adolescents aged 12 to 13 years or Year 7 of secondary school. It prevents HPV-related cancers, such as cervical, and head and neck cancer.

GARDASIL 9 - Clinical advice fact sheet for GPs

Avoid vaccine administration error

Fewer vaccine errors were reported in 2018, 245 compared with 263 in 2017. 

Common errors included administration of the wrong vaccine (108) and vaccine administered at the wrong interval (43).

Minimise errors:

  • know the vaccine schedule
  • group vaccines according to the schedule
  • check the influenza vaccine brand for age eligibility
  • first check the vaccine record (AIR, Green booklet, medical record) before vaccinating. 

Download and display a range of posters to minimise vaccine administration error for immunisation providers.

If an error occurs, contact the Immunisation Unit

Alert - soon to expire vaccine brand

Vaccine alert

Look out for an Alert flyer within a vaccine delivery. It will highlight that there is vaccine soon to expire in the delivery. Take action to alert clinical staff about the soon to expire vaccine to avoid administration after the expiry date. 

Influenza vaccine is an example of soon to expire stock. Vaccination can continue up to the expiry date.

If a pregnancy overlaps 2 influenza seasons and the woman has already received influenza vaccine in the prior season, she can also receive the current season vaccine later in pregnancy.

An influenza vaccine can be given at any time during the year, not just prior to the influenza season.

Planning your professional development for 2019?

Consider an update on viral hepatitis in your workplace. 

Why is viral hepatitis education important?

  • The fastest rising cause of cancer death from liver cancer, primarily caused by untreated chronic heparitis B &C.
  • Understand the need for long term management of hepatitis B and C to reduce rapidly increasing rates of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Information about Hepatitis B and C treatments, effectiveness, duration, side effects, liver cancer reduction
  • Ensure clients understand their illness and engage in healthcare, communicate effectively. 

What education is provided?

  • Evidence – based, responsive, interactive
  • Provided by an experienced Registered Nurse/Midwife
  • No cost for many health services
  • Sessions provided anywhere in Victoria

Contact: Gabrielle Bennett

Tel: (03) 9231 3586/Mob: 0407 865 140

MMR vaccine is free for all adults


MMR vaccine is free for all adults born during or since 1966 and aged from 20 years without evidence of 2 documented doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity. Order stock from the Government vaccine order form.

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report – 2018 National Influenza Season Summary 

Confused by DTP vaccines? Download and display the poster. 


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