Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Register for upcoming event: Childhood Vaccination and Infectious Diseases update

Vaxelis® was recently added to the childhood NIP schedule and GPs and nurses are encouraged to attend our immunisation event to learn more. We will also provide an overview of infectious diseases common in children and discuss declining childhood immunisation coverage rates in the CESPHN region.

Join us for this opportunity for networking and catch up with colleagues over dinner after a day of work.

  • About: the recent addition of Vaxelis® to the childhood NIP schedule as an alternative to Infanrix Hexa® and the key differences between the hexavalent vaccines, as well as an overview of infectious diseases common in children. You will also learn how to utilise AIR childhood overdue reports within your practice.
  • Date: Thursday, 3 August 2023, 6:30pm registration, 7:00pm – 8:30pm presentations
  • Location: The Waterfront Function Centre @ St George Motor Boat Club, 2 Wellington Street, Sans Souci, NSW 2219
  • Registration: Register for the IN PERSON attendance or Register for the ONLINE attendance
  • Target audience: GPs, Pharmacists, & Nurses

Maternal influenza vaccination in 2023

The webinar recording for Maternal influenza vaccination in 2023 is now available. This webinar discusses the importance of maternal vaccination and role of healthcare professionals in supporting uptake of vaccination.

Estimates of vaccination coverage indicate uptake could be improved, and influenza vaccination should be offered to all pregnant woman as part of routine, comprehensive, antenatal care.

The event was held on 11 July 2023 and hosted by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in partnership with DOH, ACM and RANZCOG.

2023 influenza vaccines well tolerated by pregnant people

This flu season, AusVaxSafety collected data from over 1,400 pregnant individuals participating in vaccine safety surveillance and findings indicate that 80% experienced no side effects within three days of receiving the flu vaccine.

Among those who did experience side effects (20%), common symptoms like local reactions, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, and headache were observed across all flu vaccine brands.

The impact on daily activities was minimal, with only 5% reporting missed work or routine duties, and the percentage seeking medical attention after vaccination was very low at 0.4%.

Childhood Immunisation resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • Video: Immunisation protects us like a shield – This short animation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families explains how vaccination provides protection against diseases that can make little ones very sick.
  • Video: Vaccines are safe – This short animation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families explains that vaccines have been carefully tested, to protect us from diseases.
  • Video: One more way you keep them safe – This animation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families explains all you need to know about childhood vaccinations.

COVID-19 resource updates

The below resources are a part of the suite of documents provided to COVID-19 vaccination sites as part of the Special Provider Bulletin and COVID-19 Vaccine Onboarding Pack Version 10 emailed on 17 July 2023.

Resources Update – Factsheets and Attachments

Vaccine Factsheets:
• Pfizer 6 months to 4 years (Maroon Cap)
• Pfizer 5-11 years (Orange Cap)
• Pfizer Bivalent BA.1 18 years+ (grey cap)
• Pfizer Bivalent BA.4-5 12 years+ (grey cap)
• Moderna Bivalent BA. 4-5 PFS
• Novavax

Posters:
• Pfizer Bivalent Comparison poster
• Vaccine Comparison Poster
• ATAGI recommended COVID-19 doses and vaccines Poster
• AIR Codes Table
• Don’t Forget to Check
• COVID-19 Vaccine Storage poster

Other:
• COVID-19 Vaccine Transfer Policy
• Service Finder and Online Bookings
• MBS Payments
• Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for COVID-19 Vaccine

Cold Chain Breach (CCB) reporting form – This form is to help vaccine providers report a potential cold chain breach under the COVID-19 vaccination program.

COVID-19 vaccination – Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose? This poster, in English, explains why you need a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.