In this issue:
- Gardasil® 9 vaccination program for 12 to 13 year olds
- Influenza Vaccination Program 2019
- Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation - SKAI
- New immunisation reminder app for parents - MCH app
- Free MMR vaccine for adults born since 1966
- Immunisation for people in special risk groups
The Australian Government Department of Health has a range of human papillomavirus educational and vaccine related resources developed for health care providers, parents and students. The resources include videos, a personal story, brochure and fact sheets.
Gardasil® 9 - Clinical advice for providers – download the fact sheet providing recommendations on the use of Gardasil® 9.
The HPV brochure for parents is available to download in 10 languages other than English
Eligibility for free influenza vaccination in 2019
People eligible for free influenza vaccine:
A portion of influenza vaccine stock should be pre-allocated to medical centres about mid-April 2019.
- All children aged six months to less than five years - Victorian government funded
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months
- All adults aged ≥65 years
- All people aged ≥six months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).
The new SKAI website for parents contains information about every vaccine included on the National Immunisation Program schedule for children, and the diseases they protect children from. It has video explainers and answers the questions parents ask, in an easily interpreted and accessible format:
- Why is the schedule the way it is?
- What is in vaccines?
- How do vaccines affect my child's immunity?
Be sure to let families with questions about immunisation know about this site.
The VaxOnTime app is being decommissioned and parents can now download the free Maternal & Child Health (MCH) app for immunisation reminder notifications and information.
The MCH app provides reliable maternal and child health information that families can use every day matched to the age of their child.
The MCH app is also available in Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Arabic, Khmer, Dari, Persian, Punjabi and Spanish.
Free MMR vaccine for adults born since 1966
Free MMR vaccine is 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 II® vaccine is funded by the Victorian government to order and use for this program.
Adults born before 1966 are considered immune as measles infection was circulating in the community.
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.
In Victoria special risk groups are eligible to receive some vaccines for free: vulnerable people, medically at-risk people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and refugees and asylum seekers (regardless of Medicare status).
View information and fact sheets to meet the vaccination needs of people in special risk groups.
Find out the criteria for who is eligible for free vaccine.
Clinical Vaccinology Update - The University of Melbourne, Spot Theatre, Parkville, Friday 26th April 2019. This education event includes updates on specific vaccines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, travel medicine and new immunisation resources. View agenda and purchase tickets.
Accuracy with correct vaccine injection technique ensures optimal immune response, minimises side effects and reduces the risk of injury to the patient – review the correct technique at the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre.
Injection site reaction treatment can include oral pain relief and cold compress if required. Antibiotics and antihistamines are generally not required if a person remains systemically well. Find out more at the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre.