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In this issue:

  • Pre-vaccination screening is vital to minimise risks
  • Power outage action plan for the vaccine fridge
  • AusVaxSafety summary report 2018
  • Help protect the community from measles – administer free MMR vaccine
  • Help improve the adult immunisation coverage on the AIR
  • Immunisation schedule Victoria and vaccine eligibility criteria

Pre-vaccination screening is vital to minimise risks

Pre-vaccination screening is vital in minimising the risk of adverse events, optimising the individual’s immune response and can, in some cases, assist in protecting other household contacts against vaccine preventable diseases.

Providers should use the Pre-vaccination checklist. If required refer to the table of responses to conditions or circumstances in the Australian Immunisation Handbook identified through the pre-vaccination screening checklist for every immunisation encounter.

Zostavax® GP Decision Aid — Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre checklist used to assist in the identification of patients who may be contraindicated for the shingles vaccine.

Order the free Pre-immunisation checklist tear-off pad PH001(PCH)


Power outage action plan for the vaccine fridge

Know your back-up plan and in the event of a power outage, activate your back-up plan for the vaccine fridge.

When the power returns, review the standard cold chain breach reporting information.

If required, complete the Cold chain breach report form and email the Immunisation team. Please do not use or discard any government vaccines until you receive advice from the Immunisation Unit.

Visit the Cold chain breach reporting page to download the report form


AusVaxSafety summary report 2018

This report shows how people receiving vaccines, or their parents and carers, responded to the SMS about their health a few days after vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program in Australia 2018.

AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety and is led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Individual infographics are available for each schedule point, adolescents and pregnant women, to support the presentation of relevant data. The resources are available as downloadable PDFs.


Help protect the community from measles – administer free MMR vaccine

Administer free MMR vaccine to all adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of their vaccine status. MMR vaccine is contraindicated for pregnant women and people who are immunosuppressed. Two doses are recommended spaced by a minimum of four weeks.

Infants aged from six months to less than 11 months should receive a free dose of MMR vaccine prior to overseas travel. This dose is in addition to the scheduled MMR vaccine doses usually administered at ages 12 (MMR) and 18 months (MMRV).

Order MMR vaccine from the government supplied vaccine order form.


Help improve the adult immunisation coverage on the AIR

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance conducted an exploratory analysis of adult vaccination data for selected vaccines recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for the first two years of its establishment (October 2016 – September 2018).

Overall population-level vaccination uptake recorded on AIR substantially underestimates true uptake in adults, which could be up to double that recorded on AIR. 

Accurately submit all immunisation data to the AIR to ensure accuracy of AIR information at both the individual and the population level.


Immunisation schedule Victoria and vaccine eligibility criteria

In Victoria the routine schedule of vaccines is provided free under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian funded immunisation program. It includes vaccines provided for children, adolescents and adults at increased risk of vaccine preventable disease.

Infants, children, adolescents, adults and special risk groups are eligible to receive some vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The Victorian Government also funds the provision of some vaccines that are not included on the NIP.


Links

Vaccine history timeline – an historical snapshot of the introduction and cessation of vaccine changes in Australia and Victoria.

Be ready for the new year, order online, free immunisation resources including, pamphlets, posters, cards, stickers and magnets.

Adverse events following immunisation should be reported to SAEFVIC, the Victorian vaccine safety service also known as AEFI-CAN.

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