Immunisation

Increasing immunisation coverage is a national priority and COORDINARE will be working with primary health care providers in order to maintain and increase our region’s coverage rate.

The region's latest immunisation quarterly update to March 2018 shows:

  • 95.3% of all children were fully immunised at 1 year
  • 91.8% of all children were fully immunised at 2 years
  • 90% of all children were fully immunised at 5 years

Immunisation rates recorded for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 1 and 2 years continue to be lower than overall population figures. However, 96.5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 are now immunised. 

Overall vaccination rates for children in South Eastern NSW remain higher than the NSW state and Australian national averages for all ages, however there are some areas where immunisation rates are potentially too low to prevent the outbreak of disease.

COORDINARE has developed a Childhood Immunisation Strategy 2015-18 to address this priority area. Keeping coverage above 90% provides ‘herd immunity’ for most infectious diseases, ensuring those most vulnerable in our community are not as susceptible to the spread of disease.

Centre Health Unanderra, featured in this video, has been using clinical data auditing to identify areas of need. Watch the video to understand how the practice has incorporated clinical data auditing to improve their immunisation rates.  

The information and resources below will support general practice to deliver a safe and effective immunisation program, work with those patients who have concerns about immunisation and increase overall participation in immunisation.

The essential guidelines for general practice are:

More resources are available on the Department of Health Immunise Australia website and can be ordered online. A copy of the NSW Immunisation Schedule is available for download, as well as the NSW Childhood Immunisation Schedule

Practices need to record all vaccines given to children with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia. For information go to Australian Immunisation Register for health professionals. Ensure your practice has completed the most recent software update so that vaccination records are reported to the AIR successfully. 

With recent changes to the National Immunisation Program schedule on July 1 2018, a new resource has been developed which summarises the current status of some of the commonly used practice software in relation to the schedule changes. Dose numbers accepted by AIR that relate to the schedule changes is also documented.

To set up online access to the HPV register, obtain information and forms, go to the National HPV Program register. You can also call 1800 478 734.  

 

The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5 (2nd edition) has useful information on the cold chain. 

For more information, please phone the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD) Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or the Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) Public Health Unit on (02) 4824 1837. Ask to speak to the Public Health Officer. 

The PHU wish to advise that the Ministry of Health now requires practices to complete a cold chain breach reporting form when vaccines are exposed to temperatures outside 2-8oC.

If you do identify an issue with the cold chain, please follow these steps:

  1. DO NOT discard vaccines but quarantine the vaccines in the fridge and label ‘do not use’
  2. notify the practice manager/principal/relevant staff member
  3. contact the PHU on 1300 066 055 as soon as possible during business hours
  4. download the data logging report for the past week, including the cold chain breach
  5. forward data logging report and a scanned copy of your twice daily temperature checks chart to the PHU
  6. the PHU will send to you a cold chain breach reporting form to complete
  7. the PHU will provide information as to the viability of the vaccines according to manufacturer’ s vaccine thermostability data
  8. you may be required to label vaccines subjected to CCB but still able to be used
  9. documentation of staff completion of the NSW online module for Vaccine Storage and Cold Chain Management (click here)
  10. there may also be a requirement to have the fridge serviced and provide 3 days of data logging before restocking is allowed.

To check for upcoming education workshops, please refer to the COORDINARE Events page

See links below for more opportunities to participate in workshops and/or online learning modules on immunisation:

For further information contact our Engagement and Coordination team at info@coordinare.org.au or 1300 069 002.

COORDINARE has created a Digital Health Series - HPOS & Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) video to assist practice staff in accessing AIR via HPOS. The video has also been divided into individual sections for quick, specific topic reference including:

Here are some other useful resources to assist you with the Australian Immunisation Record:

Useful information for pregnant women, children, adults, travel, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, seniors and workers is available on the Immunise Australia website on the home page.

A guide to help parents understand childhood immunisation, including immunisation myths and realities, is available at http://www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au/.

HPV information for parents and teens is available at www.hpvregister.org.au/parents-teens.

The Department of Health has created a new resource called ‘Following vaccination - what to expect and what to do’, available to download or order as a tear off pad. This resource is an updated version of the previous common reactions pad and provides easy-to-read information on common reactions that may occur after vaccinations.

Other useful resources for patients include:

As part of the Government's commitment to improving immunisation coverage in Australia, the No Jab, No Pay measure commenced in January 2016. Click here for further information from the Department of Health regarding the No Jab, No Pay measure.

Other useful resources include:

The Resources page also contains a collection of useful resources that will assist your practice to provide safe and effective immunisation, including the following fact sheets: