Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Meningococcal alert

NSW Health is urging health professionals to be on alert for symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear after the notification of three recent cases.

There have been 19 cases of meningococcal disease reported in NSW in 2023 – most cases have been due to the meningococcal B strain. Children aged under 5 and adolescents aged 15 to 25 years are at the greatest risk of contracting the disease.

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided free on the NIP for babies at 12 months, adolescents, and people of all ages with certain medical conditions.

Meningococcal B vaccine is provided free on the NIP for Aboriginal infants and people with certain medical conditions and is available to children from 6 weeks of age on prescription.

Shingles vaccine funding ending soon

Providers are reminded that patients aged 71-79 years are eligible for free catch-up dose of shingles vaccine. Funding on the National Immunisation Program for Zostavax catch-up will end 31 October 2023.

Zostavax vaccine will continue to be free of charge for people aged 70 years.

Winter respiratory campaign resources

Updated NSW Health winter respiratory campaign resources are now available; including resources for health professionals, updated resources for aboriginal people, and new resources for community including translated resources.

These are downloadable posters and social media content.

Updated COVID-19 vaccine resources

The following resources have been updated to reflect the new recommendation that bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are now preferred for the primary course and for booster doses in people aged 12 years and older:

Immunisation Education

APNA Changes to Paediatric vaccines on the NIP

  • About: latest updates regarding hexavalent paediatric vaccines and recent changes to the NIP
  • When: Thursday | 7 June 2023 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Register: Free – Click link to register