Current issue:

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?

Past issues:

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