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Using the AIR as a medical practice
Medical practices must apply here to become a recognised vaccination provider on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and access the AIR site. Once you register, you can access the AIR site using a practice authentication file.
Raising awareness for Q fever
NSW Health have launched an awareness campaign for Q fever, which tends to be more prevalent in regional and rural communities.
New Cold Chain Toolkit for immunisation providers
The NSW Health cold chain webpage has been updated with a summary of recent changes to NSW cold chain requirements and the new national vaccine storage guidelines ‘Strive for 5’ (3rd edition) 2019.
Changes to antenatal pertussis vaccination recommendations
The National Health and Medical Research Council have updated their recommendations on the range of timing of pertussis vaccination for pregnant women. These recent changes are expected to benefit pregnant women at risk of pre-term delivery by increasing their opportunities to receive the vaccine.
The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines 'Strive for 5, 3rd edition' is now available!
The 'Strive for 5, 3rd edition' resource provides up to date information about safe vaccine storage and key recommendations for effective vaccine storage management, including new supporting resources for immunisation providers.
Measles vaccination catch-up guide
Australia has experienced an increase in reported measles cases in 2019, associated with a 300% increase in cases globally, confirming the need to ensure protection against the disease through vaccination. The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends that two doses of a measles-containing vaccine are required for protection against measles.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to ‘Get the facts about immunisation’
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ launched earlier this year to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents
Meningococcal disease occurs when meningococcal bacteria, invades the body and causes serious disease.
Adolescents from 15 years of age are at increased risk of meningococcal disease and are more likely to spread the bacteria to others.
Time to get your flu shot!
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Southern NSW Local Health District are encouraging local residents to have a flu shot – and soon – to best protect themselves against the coming season.
Update on the MMR vaccine for babies
The Australian Immunisation Handbook MMR vaccine recommendations for babies have changed. Since December 2018, there have been 36 infectious cases of measles in NSW. Babies too young to be routinely vaccinated (<12 months), and those who have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine are at highest risk.