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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

Past issues

Past issues

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

    Immunisation 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