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Pre-orders for flu vaccine
Pre-orders for flu vaccinations through the online ordering system are now available in South Eastern NSW. It is anticipated that distribution of ordered vaccines will commence in April when vaccines have been received from the Commonwealth. You can pre-order here: https://nsw. tollhealthcare.
New app helps parents to ‘Save The Date To Vaccinate’
On-time vaccination is a child’s best protection against serious diseases. If children are not up to date with their vaccinations, it can also impact enrolment in child care and access to family assistance payments. NSW Health has released an improved Save The Date To Vaccinate app.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common, contagious virus that can cause cancers and diseases in both females and males. Without vaccination, 90% of adults will have a HPV infection at some point in their life.
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.
National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule changes - from 1 July 2018
From 1 July 2018, there were significant changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule and we are keen to ensure you have access to the information you need to implement the new schedule.
Fluad® trivalent influenza vaccine risk to patients with latex allergy
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has investigated a report and confirmed the presence of natural rubber latex in the sheath covering the needle of the trivalent influenza vaccine, Fluad® (sponsored by Seqirus), which is available for people aged 65 years and over through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Immunisation records easier to access
Parents are encouraged to use My Health Record to view information and see reminders of their child’s immunisation as World Immunisation Week starts on 24 April.
NSW Health flu webpage is now live
The NSW Health flu webpage is now live and can be accessed here. On the page is an information sheet detailing the six vaccine brands being used this year and their age indication.
Update on meningococcal vaccines for all Australians
A fact sheet is available for GPs and immunisation providers regarding options for meningococcal vaccination.
Update on high school and catch up vaccination programs in Illawarra Shoalhaven
Each year, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Public Health Unit provides high school students in the region with their vaccines, in accordance with the NSW Immunisation Program.
New vaccine to help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) in young people
As of January 2018, young Australians have free access to the new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9. The vaccine protects against nine types of HPV infection and will be provided to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).