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In this issue:

  • Adolescent vaccination program for ages 12 to 13 years
  • Avoid vaccine administration error
  • AusVaxSafety launches new-look safety data
  • Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years
  • Free hepatitis B vaccine for people from priority countries
  • No Jab, No Play law – how to make enrolment easy for families

Adolescent vaccination program for ages 12 to 13 years

Adolescent students in Year 7 of secondary school or age equivalent 12 to 13 years in the primary care setting, are recommended to receive:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 — a 2 dose course administered a minimum of 6 months apart. Immunocompromised adolescents require 3 doses of Gardasil®9 vaccine at 0, 2 months and 6 months.
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine, Boostrix® or Adacel® — a single dose.

Report all vaccines administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Download or order the HPV poster and brochures including in other languages, to promote the HPV vaccine recommendation.

Read the ATAGI clinical advice about Gardasil 9® vaccine for dose and age recommendations and vaccine catch-up planning.


Avoid vaccine administration error

Vaccine errors reported to the Victorian Immunisation Unit have more than doubled in a decade.

Two common errors notified in 2019 include administration of the wrong vaccine (167) and vaccine administered at the wrong interval (55).

Minimise errors:

  • know the vaccine schedule;
  • group vaccines in the fridge according to the schedule;
  • first review the vaccine history (AIR, Green booklet, medical record) before vaccinating.

If a vaccine error occurs, contact the Immunisation Unit on 1300 882 008 for advice.

Display the current immunisation schedule Victoria

Display the poster – Confused by DTPa or dTpa – containing vaccines?

Display the poster – Confused by MMR – containing vaccines?


AusVaxSafety launches new-look safety data

Improved visualisation of active vaccine safety surveillance data; updated weekly on the AusVaxSafety website:

  • improved readability and accessibility of the data
  • community and healthcare provider confidence in the safety of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

AusVaxSafety reports on de-identified data sourced from people receiving vaccines, monitors adverse events following immunisation, and facilitates early signal detection of potential vaccine safety issues.

Currently vaccine safety surveillance is for HPV, MenACWY, pertussis, influenza and zoster vaccines.

In 2020, active vaccine safety surveillance will expand to monitor all vaccines on the NIP.


Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years

Adolescents have higher carriage rates and are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Vaccinating this population achieves broader community protection by herd immunity.

Free meningococcal ACWY, Nimenrix® vaccine is recommended for:

  • Year 10 students (aged 14 to 16 years) through the secondary school-based vaccination program
  • Adolescents aged 15 to 19 years of age in the primary care setting.

Report vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Download or order the Adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine – poster and brochure including other languages to promote vaccination.


Free hepatitis B vaccine for people from priority countries

People born in priority hepatitis B endemic countries and who arrived in Australia in the last 10 years have access to free hepatitis B vaccination. 

People at greatest risk for hepatitis B infection and transmission include migrants from China, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia.

Order the hepatitis B vaccine from the section – Additional vaccines recommended for at-risk people on the Government vaccine order form.


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

An Immunisation History Statement (HIS) from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is the only form of documentation accepted for the purposes of enrolling a child into pre-school and child care services.

Ensure prompt and correct information is reported to the AIR. Review and transcribe overseas immunisation records to the AIR in a timely manner.

Print the patients’ IHS from the AIR and provide it directly to the attending family if required.


Links

17th National Immunisation Conference 2020: Life course immunisation - access, equity and innovation 
Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 June 2020 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, WA

Subscribe to the Chief Health Officer alerts and advisories by email to keep up to date with current health issues facing the Victorian public and the health sector.

New and free! – Order online the Bubba jabs poster and brochure. Promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the early childhood vaccinations. Product codes PH823 and PH824.

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