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New training requirement for yellow fever vaccine
A new training requirement has been introduced for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine. Medical practitioners and nurse practitioners who intend to prescribe the vaccine at their practice (those practices approved as Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres) will now be required to complete an online learning course to obtain accreditation.
Immunisation updates for primary care
Recently, there has been an increase in incidents of expired vaccines being administered to patients. It is essential that the expiry date is checked on all vaccines prior to administration to avoid patient recall and revaccination and loss of their confidence in your health service delivery.
Save the date to vaccinate before the holidays
NSW Health has recently distributed some immunisation alerts for community members and health professionals, including a pertussis (whooping cough) alert. Pertussis (whooping cough) alertCases of pertussis are increasing across NSW, particularly among school aged children.
Best Practice and AIR
Some practices have been reporting that they cannot see immunisations that have been sent to AIR from their Best Practice software. This is because if Best Practice is not updated the information will not be transferred to the AIR.
Batch numbers not required for compliance with PD2018_009
We have recently been advised of some confusion in regards to PD2018_009.
PD2018_009 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against specified diseases relates to the inclusion of batch numbers when providing vaccination evidence.
Adacel and Boostrix for pregnant women
This is a reminder that for Pertussis the current schedule lists both Boostrix or Adacel for pregnant women.
Australian Immunisation Handbook also states that either vaccines can be used in pregnancy. Please note that the Australian Immunisation Handbook should be consulted and used over and above the MIMMS.
Maternal vaccines: can we do more?
A free online education module about vaccination during pregnancy is now available for GPs, nurses and midwives. This module has been accredited for:
GPs - RACGP (40 x Category 1 CPD points)
Nurses/Midwives - ANMF (2. 0 CPD hours), ACM (2.
New Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules available
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that can record vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. This includes all vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program, vaccines provided under state and territory vaccination programs and most privately funded vaccines, including influenza and travel vaccines.
Practice management software advice following the NIP changes
With recent changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule on July 1 2018, a resource has been developed which summarises the current status of some of the commonly used practice software.
Influenza activity is increasing across NSW
Most influenza cases that have been typed so far this year have had the influenza A (H1N1) strain. Children and young adults are particularly susceptible to this strain.