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In this issue:

  • Meningococcal disease and vaccines fact sheet
  • Updated zoster vaccine resources
  • Free HPV vaccination for MSM – program ceasing 31 October 2019
  • Eligibility for free influenza vaccination - keeping vaccinating
  • No Jab, No Play law – make enrolment easy for families
  • Avoiding shoulder injury related to vaccine administration

Meningococcal disease and vaccines fact sheet

Download this excellent fact sheet to answer questions about meningococcal disease and the types of vaccines available.

Free Nimenrix® vaccine is listed on the National Immunisation Program schedule for babies at 12 months of age and for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years of age and adolescents in Year 10 of secondary school.

Updated zoster vaccine resources

Administration of Zostavax® (zoster vaccine) in individuals who are immunocompromised is contraindicated due to the risk of causing disseminated disease and death. 

Prior to immunisation, and in conjunction with the pre-immunisation checklist, the Zostavax® GP Decision Aid should be completed to ensure patient safety.

Print the Zostavax® – GP decision aid

Free HPV vaccination for MSM – program ceasing 31 October 2019

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil® is free until 31 October 2019 for all men who have sex with men (MSM). Gardasil® vaccine expires 7 November 2019.

If the Gardasil® course is incomplete after 31 October 2019, a prescription will be required to complete the course using Gardasil9®. 

Report vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register. The Register can also be used to check if a patient has recently received a dose through another provider to ensure correct spacing between doses.

Gardasil®9 — Clinical advice fact sheet for GPs

Order vaccine using the government-funded vaccine order form

Eligibility for free influenza vaccination - keep vaccinating

People eligible for free influenza vaccine:

  • Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy (some 2019 influenza vaccines expire late February 2020 and early March 2020)
  • All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and older
  • All adults aged 65 years and older
  • All people aged 6 months and older 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. 
Order vaccines and keep vaccinating

No Jab, No Play law – make enrolment easy for families

An Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is the only form of documentation accepted for the purposes of enrolling a child in an early childhood education and care service.

Take care to ensure that information provided to the AIR is reported correctly and promptly. Review and transcribe overseas immunisation records to the AIR in a timely manner.

Avoiding shoulder injury related to vaccine administration

Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) is a rare complication of incorrect vaccine administration, when the vaccine is given too high into the shoulder joint. This can cause shoulder pain and restricted range of movement. 

Diagnoses include bursitis, tendinitis and rotator cuff tears. Bursitis is the most commonly reported diagnosis on ultrasound. Symptoms often begin at the time of injection and can last from weeks to years.


Book tickets for the next Clinical Vaccinology Update on Monday 25th November 2019. Hosted by Monash Health team at Monash University Caulfield Campus

Children, adults and special risk groups are eligible to receive some vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program. The Victorian Government also funds the provision of some vaccines that are not included on the NIP. Read who is eligible

This article analyses the influenza vaccination knowledge and behaviours of parents of children who were hospitalised for influenza, and provides insight on strategies that could be introduced to improve vaccine coverage. This work is part of a PAEDS NHMRC Partnership Project (1113851)


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