Find out more about vaccination for children, adolescents and adults, including the schedule, vaccine eligibility, reporting adverse events, ordering vaccines and accessing resources.

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Immunisation newsletter – January 2020

  • Take the survey - the impact of COVID-19 on your immunisation service
  • How to plan an immunisation catch-up schedule
  • Composition of the influenza virus vaccines for 2021
  • Vaccine cold chain management on re-opening after the holiday
  • New eLearning packages – Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)
  • Report accurately to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • Government Funded Influenza Vaccine 2021 - Online Provider Survey

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    Immunisation newsletter – December 2020

    • The Immunisation Coalition's Pneumococcal Vaccination Tool (PVT)
    • Continue to administer influenza vaccine to pregnant women in 2020 and early 2021
    • Zostavax vaccine safety advisory – not to be used in people with compromised immune function
    • Display new pictorial fact sheets to recognise vaccine brands that contain the same antigens
    • M-M-R-II® and Zostavax® products will present as a vial of diluent instead of a pre-filled syringe of diluent
    • Prepare for vaccine cold chain management during the summer holiday
    • Onelink’s vaccine delivery operating hours over the holiday period and account updates
    • Avoid unnecessary extra vaccines for adolescents

    Immunisation newsletter – November 2020

    • Vaccinating during COVID-19 - follow the advice provided about adapting service delivery
    • Identifying adverse events in diverse skin colour
    • Immunisation recommendations for preterm infants
    • Immunisation for children and adolescents in out-of-home care
    • Prophylactic use of paracetamol for children aged <2 years receiving Bexsero
    • Meningococcal ABCWY vaccine study in adolescents/young adults
    • Hospital based immunisation services for people with complex issues
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – October 2020

    • Immunosuppression and vaccines – MVEC immunisation reference page
    • Pneumococcal vaccine uses and funding for the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
    • Influenza vaccination is recommended at any stage of pregnancy
    • Breastfeeding and immunisations – new MVEC immunisation reference page
    • Gardasil®9 – Vaccine clinical and catch-up advice fact sheet
    • Step by step guides for accessing the AIR using PRODA
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – September 2020

    • Pneumococcal vaccine recommendations on the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
    • Should immunisation providers consider influenza revaccination in 2020?
    • Keep immunising - adapt Victorian immunisation services during COVID-19
    • Government supplied 2020 influenza vaccine is available to order
    • Meningococcal disease and vaccine eligibility
    • Tips for vaccine cold chain management
    • Hepatitis B immunisation is still important during COVID-19
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – August 2020

    • What is the recommended interval between 13vPCV and 23vPPV doses? – NCIRS Pneumococcal vaccine FAQs
    • Free meningococcal B (Bexsero®) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children
    • Vaccinations during pregnancy protect expectant mothers and their babies – an NCIRS fact sheet
    • Tips and tricks NCIRS resource – Enhancing data quality of vaccination encounters recorded in practice software and on the AIR
    • Free vaccines for people with functional or anatomical asplenia
    • Vaccination in children with epilepsy or previous vaccine-proximate seizures – an MVEC resource
    • Zostavax vaccine safety advisory – not to be used in people with compromised immune function
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – July 2020

    • What’s new? Free meningococcal B (Bexsero®) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children
    • What’s new? Free Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13® and Pneumovax 23®) vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 50 years of age
    • What’s new? Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13) vaccine for older non-Indigenous adults from 70 years
    • What’s new? Updated National Immunisation Program eligibility criteria for risk conditions
    • Updated resources to assist the new National Immunisation Program schedule changes from 1 July 2020
    • From July 2020 - first release of the National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator (NICC)
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – June 2020

    • Which influenza vaccine to use for people aged 65 years and older?
    • Vaccine schedule change 1 July 2020 – new eligibility for free pneumococcal vaccines
    • Vaccine schedule change 1 July 2020 – new eligibility for free meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine
    • Are you injecting vaccines correctly to prevent shoulder injury?
    • Principles of catch-up vaccination
    • Zostavax updated on the Vaccine side effects pad
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – May 2020

    • Guidance to provide immunisation services during COVID-19
    • Avoid influenza vaccine error - Afluria Quad can only be administered from 5 years of age and older
    • Minimise vaccine cold chain breaches – protect influenza and other vaccines
    • Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) parent website contact card
    • Intradermal vaccination – Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)
    • AusVaxSafety data – for all age cohorts and the 2020 influenza vaccine
    • New! Download the Australian Immunisation Handbook App
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – April 2020

    • What's new for the 2020 influenza vaccines?
    • Influenza vaccine brands and age eligibility
    • Administer pertussis and influenza vaccinations during pregnancy
    • Updated Vaccine side effects pad – order new stock
    • Display the updated April Immunisation schedule Victoria
    • Victorian Pharmacist-Administered Vaccination Program expansion
    • Links to further information

    Immunisation newsletter – March 2020 

    • 2020 seasonal influenza vaccine eligibility
    • Pneumovax 23 recommendation for adults
    • Zostavax vaccine for 70 to 79 years of age
    • Fever, a common side effect of Bexsero vaccine in infants and toddlers
    • Cold chain tips for mobile or outreach vaccination
    • Finding it hard to know where to start for vaccine catch-up?

    Immunisation newsletter – February 2020

    • 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

    Immunisation newsletter – January 2020

    • 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

    Immunisation newsletter – December 2019

    • Resources promoting measles risk for travellers or people born from 1966
    • Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation - eLearning module for healthcare workers
    • Influenza vaccine – keep vaccinating pregnant women
    • Updated Vaccine and Cold Chain Management webinar
    • Check for expired influenza vaccine brands
    • The pertussis-containing vaccine is provided free to pregnant women

    Immunisation newsletter – November 2019

    • Free measles vaccination for overseas travellers
    • Best practice recommendations for influenza vaccination during pregnancy
    • Recent updates to the Australian Immunisation Handbook
    • SAEFVIC – Report adverse events following immunisation and access expert advice
    • Accurately calculate the dose cut off dates for Rotarix by using the new Rotarix wheel
    • Updated Immunisation schedule Victoria – November 2019
    • Find out when and what to report for a vaccine cold chain breach

    Immunisation newsletter – October 2019

    • 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 - keep vaccinating
    • No Jab, No Play law – make enrolment easy for families
    • Avoiding shoulder injury related to vaccine administration

    Immunisation newsletter – September 2019

    • Free government supplied MMR vaccine – eligibility expanded
    • Practice the back-up plan for a cold chain breach
    • The second booster DTPa dose is recommended at 4 years of age
    • Gardasil®9 – Clinical advice fact sheet for GPs
    • Continue to vaccinate pregnant women with influenza vaccine
    • Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) November 2019

    Immunisation newsletter – August 2019

    • The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines 'Strive for 5' third edition now available
    • One or two doses of influenza vaccine in 2019? Recommendations and funding
    • Seasonal influenza activity reports - weekly reports available to download
    • Non-Medicare card holders - children's vaccines given overseas or in Australia
    • Free MMR vaccine for infants travelling overseas
    • Injection site reactions information sheet - new NCIRS resource
    • Planning catch up immunisation - flow chart for people of all ages

    Immunisation newsletter – July 2019

    • Immunisation schedule Victoria - July 2019
    • Increased reports of shoulder injury related to vaccine administration
    • What do I do when a full dose of vaccine is not given?
    • Can a person with an egg allergy receive the influenza vaccine?
    • Translated Pertussis vaccine brochure for pregnant women
    • Victorian Government Supercare Pharmacy nurses can administer free government funded vaccines after hours
    • Translating overseas immunisation encounters

    Immunisation newsletter – June 2019

    • Free MMR vaccine catch-up program for adults
    • Eligibility for free influenza vaccination in 2019 – keep vaccinating
    • Promote meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years
    • Free hepatitis A vaccine ceasing 30 June 2019
    • New - Vaccination reminders with MCH app
    • Pharmacy acquired vaccine and the cold chain
    • One or two influenza vaccine doses for children?

    Immunisation newsletter – May 2019

    • Pertussis and influenza vaccinations and pregnancy
    • 2019 National Immunisation Program (NIP) influenza vaccines – factsheet for providers
    • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years
    • Measles containing vaccine for babies travelling to highly endemic areas
    • Alert – Influenza vaccine administration errors
    • Free hepatitis A vaccine ceasing 30 June 2019

    Immunisation newsletter resources update - April 2019

    • Seasonal influenza vaccine resources
    • Pertussis and influenza vaccinations and pregnancy
    • ATAGI statement on meningococcal ACWY vaccine (Nimenrix) for adolescents
    • Immunisation schedule Victoria – 15 April 2019
    • Measles containing vaccine for babies travelling to highly endemic areas

    Immunisation newsletter - April 2019

    • 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines and age recommendations
    • Eligibility for free influenza vaccination in 2019
    • Free In-Practice Support & Education (RACGP QI & CPD points available): Hepatitis B Immunisation
    • Free adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine program
    • Immunisation schedule Victoria – What’s new?
    • Action to manage vaccine temperatures outside +2ºC to +8ºC and protect from light

    Immunisation newsletter - March 2019

    • 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

    Immunisation newsletter - February 2019

    • 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?

    Immunisation newsletter - January 2019

    • Vaccination catch-up resources
    • Victorian immunisation schedule – January 2019
    • All human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination records have moved to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
    • Heading off on holidays?
    • The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance has updated their web site
    • Infographics and fact sheet resources to explain vaccine safety and disease incidence

    Immunisation newsletter - December 2018

    • Victorian immunisation schedule from January 2019
    • Zostavax® vaccination
    • Free vaccination resources
    • Free hepatitis B vaccine for people from priority countries
    • Meningococcal disease and vaccines – MVEC information
    • Cold chain management during the holiday period

    Immunisation newsletter - November 2018

    • New - Victorian Government funded measles-containing vaccine program for adults
    • Pharmacist Immunisers can administer MMR vaccine to 16 year olds and above
    • MSM vaccine program update
    • Cold chain management - educational webinar
    • National HPV Register transition of records to the AIR
    • 'No Jab, No Play' updated resources for immunisation providers

    Immunisation newsletter - October 2018

    • New digital Australian Immunisation Handbook
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for Australians: Information for immunisation providers
    • Serology recommendations for refugees
    • Vaccine safety data from AusVaxSafety
    • Planning vaccine catch-up
    • New Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules
    • Meningococcal vaccine study in adult

    Immunisation newsletter - September 2018

    • Pregnancy and influenza vaccination
    • Are you on target? – avoid causing a shoulder injury
    • Childhood immunisation program schedule changes 
    • New functions on the Australian Immunisation Register
    • The second booster DTPa dose is recommended at 4 years of age
    • Refugees and Asylum seekers need catch-up vaccines

    Immunisation newsletter - August 2018

    • Childhood National Immunisation Program schedule - 1 July 2018
    • Influenza vaccine stock - No ordering restriction
    • Hepatitis A Outbreak in Victoria - Order Vaccine for Risk Groups
    • Managing a cold chain breach for ActHIB® and influenza vaccines
    • National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) resources

    Immunisation newsletter - July 2018

    • National Immunisation Program (NIP) childhood schedule changes from 1 July 2018
    • Victorian weekly influenza reports
    • Seasonal flu vaccine supply 2018
    • Pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults
    • Upper age limits for dosing of Rotarix® vaccine 
    • Maternal vaccination through the National Immunisation Program

    Immunisation newsletter - June 2018

    • Influenza vaccine supply issue
    • Key changes to the childhood immunisation NIP schedule with effect from 1 July 2018
    • New HPV vaccine resources
    • Welfare payments of $28 a fortnight lost for each child behind on immunisation
    • Four free vaccination programs for men who have sex with men (MSM)
    • SAEFVIC - Report adverse events following immunisation
    • Recording patient information on the Australian Immunisation register (AIR)

    Immunisation newsletter - May 2018

    • Influenza vaccine fact sheets – information about this year’s influenza vaccines 
    • An important change to manage a cold chain breach for influenza vaccine
    • Influenza co-administered with other vaccines
    • Human Papillomavirus dose recommendations
    • Updated meningococcal fact sheets from the NCIRS

    Immunisation newsletter - April 2018

    • 2018 seasonal influenza vaccine program
    • Pre-allocation of the 2018 government-supplied influenza vaccine
    • Report all vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register
    • Vaccine cold chain breach management
    • Recommended adult vaccines — national or state funded 
      programs
    • The second booster DTPa dose is recommended at 4 years of age 

    Immunisation newsletter - March 2018

    • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to be added to National Immunisation Program at 12 months of age
    • Eligibility for free government supplied vaccination
    • Gardasil 9® vaccine - eligibility for free vaccine
    • The second booster DTPa dose is recommended at 4 years of age
    • Free shingles vaccine - who is eligible?
    • Four free vaccination programs for men who have sex with men
    • No Jab, No Play legislation change

      February 2018 newsletter - February 2018

      • Year 7 & 10 secondary school 2018 vaccination program
      • When can I administer Zostavax® after shingles
      • Important free vaccinations for MSM and people who inject drugs
      • The second booster DTPa dose is recommended at 4 years of age
      • Gardasil® 9 for adolescents in Year 7 of secondary school

      Immunisation newsletter - January 2018

      • Four free vaccination programs for men who have sex with men (MSM)
      • Gardasil® 9 vaccine availability in 2018
      • Year 7 and 10 secondary school 2018 vaccination program
      • Zostavax® GP Decision Aid
      • Report adverse events following immunisation

      Immunisation newsletter - November-December 2017

      • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) is contraindicated for the shingles vaccine, Zostavax®
      • New meningococcal vaccine resources
      • Adolescent HPV vaccination coverage reports 2016
      • Introduction of Gardasil®9 vaccine from 2018
      • Free active surveillance vaccine safety software - SmartVax
      • Free immunisation resources

      Immunisation newsletter - October 2017

      • Immunisation — Updated Special risk groups and Adults web pages
      • Two vaccines are routinely given at the 18 month schedule point
      • Free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for all 15-19 year olds
      • Notify all vaccine doses administered to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
      • National Immunisation Program resources
      • Training a new staff member in the management of vaccine cold chain?
      • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) –Are you on target?

      Immunisation newsletter - September 2017

      • Zostavax® GP Decision Aid
      • Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine
      • Immunisation and pregnancy – who, what, when and why?
      • Want to promote the free Meningococcal vaccine? Here’s how
      • Recommended needles for vaccination
      • Report adverse events following immunisation
      • GET THE FACTS – the childhood immunisation education campaign

      Immunisation newsletter - August 2017

      • National Immunisation Program – Expansion
      • Who is eligible for free vaccine?
      • Offer free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to 15-19 year olds
      • Preterm infant immunisation
      • Birth dose hepatitis B vaccine brands
      • Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine

      Immunisation newsletter - July 2017

      • Important Victorian vaccine changes from July 2017
      • Free influenza vaccination in pregnancy
      • Free catch-up vaccines for all young people aged 10 to 19 years and for refugee and humanitarian entrants
      • Updated fact sheets from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance 
      • Hypotonic Hyporesponsive Episode: a case report
      • Victorian adults are missing out on free vaccinations 
      • Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015-2016

      Immunisation newsletter - June 2017

      • Rotarix vaccine replaces RotaTeq vaccine from 1 July 2017
      • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y secondary school vaccine program
      • Free catch-up period extended for under 20 years, refugees and humanitarian entrants
      • Anaphylaxis following vaccination
      • VaxOnTime app updated
      • Hepatitis B vaccine birth-dose

      Immunisation newsletter - May 2017

      • Can I give zoster vaccine on the same day as other vaccines?
      • Hepatitis B Vaccine available for Aboriginal Victorians 
      • Free influenza vaccine for Aboriginal children and adults 
      • Meningococcal vaccines for Australians: Information for providers, NCIRS factsheet 
      • Administering multiple vaccine injections at the same visit 
      • Vaccinations during pregnancy 
      • Confused by DTPa and dTpa containing vaccines? 

      Immunisation newsletter - April 2017

      • 2017 seasonal influenza vaccine program
      • Influenza vaccine brands and their use by age recommendation
      • Recommended needle size, length and angle for administering vaccines
      • Report all vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register
      • Pharmacist immunisers
      • Immunocompromised persons - Zostavax™ contraindicated

      Immunisation newsletter - March 2017

      • 2017 seasonal influenza vaccine program
      • Immunisation for special risk groups
      • Immunocompromise – a Zostavax™ contraindication
      • Meningococcal W vaccine - free school-based program
      • Vaccine cold chain breach management
      • Immunisation Calculator – planning catch-up vaccines

      Immunisation newsletter - February 2017

      • Immunity for Community
      • Immunocompromise – a Zostavax™ contraindication
      • Vaccine administration error data
      • Zostavax™ limited supply currently
      • 2017 Year 7 secondary school vaccine program
      • Report immunisations to the relevant national registers

      Immunisation newsletter - January 2017

      • The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition
      • Childhood vaccine coverage has improved
      • SAEFVIC
      • Managing vaccine cold chain
      • Vaccine expiring soon?
      • Excessive vaccine ordering wastes money

      Immunisation newsletter - December 2016

      • Zostavax® limited supply currently
      • Infanrix® or Tripacel® for 18 month olds
      • Chickenpox season
      • Shingles vaccine and nurse immunisers
      • Translated immunisation information for consumers
      • Updated immunisation history form

      Immunisation newsletter - November 2016

      • Updated immunisation schedule and vaccine order forms for the shingles vaccine program
      • Zostavax® FAQs fact sheet
      • An incomplete HPV vaccine course? - check the National HPV Vaccine Program Register
      • Vaccine and Cold Chain Management Webinar - All staff education and training tool
      • Parent's whooping cough vaccine program

      Immunisation newsletter - October 2016

      • Shingles Vaccine Program for 70 to 79 year olds commences in November 2016
      • Updated 10th edition Australian Immunisation Handbook
      • Australian Immunisation Register - for people of all ages
      • False contraindications to vaccination
      • Outreach immunisation sessions
      • A mum's story about her infant with chickenpox

      Immunisation newsletter - September 2016

      • Shingles Program commences 1 November 2016
      • Minimum acceptable dose intervals for catch-up vaccines for children under 10 years of age
      • Recommended vaccines for people with functional or anatomical asplenia
      • Adverse events following immunisation
      • Sonny has an immune deficiency disorder that means he cannot be vaccinated
      • Infectious diseases surveillance in Victoria

      Immunisation newsletter - August 2016

      • Managing vaccine cold chain 
      • Australian Immunisation Register commencing 1 September 2016 
      • Register now for the December Clinical Vaccinology Update 
      • ‘A Yarn about Germs’ a new children’s story book 
      • New Immunisation Schedule App  for immunisation providers 
      • Needle phobia 
      • DTPa vaccine booster at 18 months of age

      Immunisation newsletter - July 2016

      • Pharmacist Immunisers
      • DTPa and dTpa containing vaccines
      • Catch-up immunisation for refugees and asylum seekers
      • Immunisation status certificate content for kinder/childcare
      • Meningococcal disease and vaccination

      Immunisation newsletter - June 2016

      • Preterm infant immunisation
      • Free influenza vaccine for Aboriginal children
      • New Yellow Fever vaccine recommendation
      • Can the VaxOnTime app find you?  
      • Australian Immunisation Register - into the future   
      • SmartVax monitors vaccine safety in real time  

      Immunisation newsletter - May 2016

      • Immunity for community video launch
      • Parent's whooping cough vaccine program
      • New yellow fever vaccine recommendation
      • Free influenza vaccine
      • DTPa booster for 18 month olds
      • Updated NCIRS fact sheets

      Immunisation newsletter - April 2016

      • ATAGI provider advice for flu vaccine
      • ATAGI provider advice for individuals and families
      • Know your DTPa containing vaccines
      • Immunisation case studies
      • Vaccine introduction timeline
      • Vaccine errors

      Immunisation newsletter - March 2016

      • Seasonal influenza vaccine update
      • Free influenza vaccine for Aboriginal children
      • DTP booster for 18 month olds
      • Injection Site Reactions (ISRs)
      • Updated immunisation resources

      Immunisation newsletter - February 2016

      • DTP booster for 18 months olds
      • Measles outbreak
      • 2016 secondary school/adolescent vaccine program
      • Anaphylaxis management
      • VaxOnTime app
      • Travel vaccine update
      • SAEFVIC

      Immunisation newsletter - January 2016

      • VaxOnTime
      • No Jab,  No Play
      • Updated Victorian immunisation schedule
      • No Jab, No Pay
      • Updated government funded vaccine order form