Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Welcome to our weekly Immunisation Update! In this week’s update read about:

  • Free child vaccine clinics in SESLHD
  • Measles alert for Sydney International Airport
  • Upcoming immunisation education webinars

Free child vaccine clinics in SESLHD

SESLHD have commenced free childhood vaccination clinics to support those who are Medicare ineligible or find it difficult to access a local GP.

Bookings are recommended and can be made by calling 1300 244 288. Walk ins welcome.

Flyer for all clinics

Flyer for Aboriginal Menai clinic

SESLHD Childhood Immunisation Clinic Addresses & Dates:

Hurstville HubFirst Tuesday of each month: 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr, 7 May, 4 Jun11-15 Bond Street, Hurstville 2220
Wolli Creek HubSecond Tuesday of each month: 13 Feb, 12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 JunShop A/4 Magdalene Terrace, Wolli Creek 2205
Menai Community
Health Centre
(prioritising First Nations
bubs and children)
Third Thursday of each month (mostly): 22 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 Apr, 23 May, 20 Jun32 Allison Crescent, Menai 2234
Rockdale HubFourth Thursday of each month (mostly): 29 Feb, 28 Mar, 2 May, 30 May, 27 JunNext to Rockdale Public School, corner of Lord Street and Cameron Street, Rockdale 2216

Measles alert for Sydney

On 28 February 2024, NSW Health released a Measles alert advising people to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles after being notified of a confirmed case of measles in western Sydney. The case is an infant, who was too young to be vaccinated, and recently returned from south Asia where there have been ongoing outbreaks of measles in several countries.

Providers are encouraged to review the NSW General Practitioner: Measles information sheet which outlines measles presentation, suspected case management and measles vaccination advice. See also the measles pathway for full management details: South Eastern Sydney or Sydney HealthPathway.

NCIRS Annual Immunisation Coverage Report

NCIRS recently published their Annual Immunisation Coverage Report 2022 report which examines the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures on vaccine coverage in Australia. It includes data on fully vaccinated coverage assessed at the standard age milestones of 12, 24 and 60 months and the earlier milestones of 9, 15, 21 and 51 months by PHN, highlighting the ongoing issue of timeliness of vaccination, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Summary report and Full report.

AusVaxSafety Summary report

AusVaxSafety is a national system monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The summary report published 23 February 2024 shows how people receiving vaccines, or their parents and carers, responded to the SMS about their health a few days after vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program in Australia 2022.

Immunisation webinars

Register for upcoming immunisation education webinars. View past webinar recordings on our Immunisation | Education webpage.

Webinar: RSV vaccines for older adults   REGISTERNCIRS update on new RSV vaccines for older adults currently available or will become available in Australia in the coming years.
Date: Thursday 7 March 2024
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Webinar: CESPHN 2024 Immunisation update REGISTERCESPHN’s annual update on the latest clinical information on RSV, influenza, COVID-19, emerging diseases and more.
Date: Thursday 14 March 2024
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Webinar: Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination update REGISTERNCIRS latest updates relating to influenza and COVID-19 vaccination, including 2024 Australian Government program recommendations and available vaccines.
Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Order resources

Providers are encouraged to order printed copies of the latest immunisation resources:

Immunisation news: Highlights

Catch up on all the latest immunisation news and alerts and see news highlights below:

February 2024Shingrix increased allocations
Providers can now order increased quantities of Shingrix® vaccines from the State Vaccine Centre.

International Shingrix stock
Providers are advised to note the differences from the Australian branded stock, particularly the US date format: MM/DD/YYYY.
February 20242024 influenza vaccine update
Information on the 2024 influenza vaccination program pre-allocation and deliveries
February 2024BP and MD – AIR compliance upgrade
Upgrade software to ensure the new mandatory AIR reporting requirements are met.
January 2024RSV vaccine
RSV vaccine Arexvy approved for use in adults aged 60 years and over against respiratory syncytial virus.

Resources: Immunisation

Immunisation advice is updated regularly – access to the latest information is essential:

February 2024Shield yourself from shingles – Resource collection A collection contains fact sheets, brochures, posters and a health professionals’ kit about shingles vaccinations for eligible people.
February 2024AIR infographics
Infographic resources to support use of functions within AIR and extracting reports.
February 2024Vaccination in pharmacy
A summary on which vaccines can be administered by pharmacists.
February 2024SKAI resource Parent-friendly information answering questions or concerns about vaccinations.
December 2023Following vaccination – what to expect and what to do This resource provides easy-to-read information on common reactions that may occur after vaccinations – updated Dec 2023 to include Vaxelis®.
November 2023Adult vaccinations – NIP Factsheet Consumer factsheet about free adult vaccines available on the NIP.
Adult vaccinations – NIP Brochure Consumer brochure about free adult vaccines available on the NIP.
November 2023Shingles – Health professionals’ kit Shingles communication resource kit for health – includes email examples, social media content and talking points for practice staff.

Resources: COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination advice is updated regularly – Links to the most up-to-date information are listed below:

February 2024COVID-19 comparison poster Poster outlines key differences between each COVID-19 vaccine available in Australia.  
February 2024VAE reporting form This form is to help vaccine providers report a vaccine administration error (VAE) under the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
February 2024CCB reporting form This form is to help vaccine providers report a potential cold chain breach under the COVID-19 vaccination program.
January 2024Excess COVID-19 vaccine form Report all excess COVID-19 vaccine stock to CESPHN via to help reduce wastage and facilitate transfers to other sites.
January 2024COVID-19 vaccine – Provider resources collection Several resources from the provider collection were updated 12 Jan 2024.
December 2023
COVID-19 recommended doses
Flowchart outlines ATAGI recommended doses by age and risk factors.