Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Reminder: new mandatory AIR reporting fields

From 1 March 2024, legislative changes require all vaccination providers to report additional information to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR):

  • The route of administration for Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) vaccines; and
  • The vaccine type: There are 4 options available under the ‘vaccine type’ field: Antenatal, NIP/Commonwealth, Private, or State Program.

Practices are reminded to update their clinical software to reflect these changes:

  • Medical Director: In February 2024, version 4.3 was released which includes the new AIR reporting fields and a range of other features including MyMedicare patient administration.
  • Best Practice: In January 2024, Bp Premier, Orchid SP1 Revision 1 was released which includes the new AIR reporting fields.

When to select “State Program” vaccine type

In addition to free NIP vaccines (which are funded by the Commonwealth), there are additional vaccines funded by NSW Health for specific eligibility groups:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine: Post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A exposures (order via Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine: Aboriginal people, Household and sexual contacts of acute and chronic hepatitis B cases, Immunosuppressed people, People with HIV or hepatitis C, Men who have sex with men, Injecting drug users, Sex workers, Clients of sexual health clinics (at LHD discretion).
  • JEV vaccine: See Japanese encephalitis virus vaccination eligibility
  • MMR vaccine: Unvaccinated individuals born during or after 1966, Rubella seronegative post natal women
  • Mpox vaccine: All sexually active gay and bisexual men (cis and trans) and their sexual partners, Sex workers
  • Rabies vaccine and human rabies immunoglobulin: Post-exposure treatment for Australian bat lyssavirus and rabies exposures (order via Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055)

When to select “Antenatal” vaccine type

Where an individual is pregnant, providers should report the ‘Antenatal’ option in the first instance, regardless of whether the vaccine is funded privately or under a Commonwealth/state program.

Flu vaccines: Recording the correct ‘vaccine type’:

  • Antenatal vaccine type: all flu vaccine administered to an individual who is pregnant. Antenatal option should always be selected for pregnant individuals, regardless of whether the vaccine is funded privately or under a Commonwealth/State program.
  • NIP/Commonwealth vaccine type: all NIP funded flu vaccines administered to an NIP eligible patient.
  • Private vaccine type: all privately funded flu vaccines administered to a patient.
  • State Program vaccine type: do not select this as there is no 2024 state funded flu vaccine program in NSW.

Overseas flu vaccines

If a flu vaccine was administered overseas and the batch number is not available, enter ‘notrecorded’ (one word, no spaces) into AIR. For more information, see Submitting information using the AIR site.

Shingrix 10 dose boxes

The State Vaccine Centre is now providing Shingrix vaccine as either:

  • Shingrix single dose boxes (containing 2 vials), or
  • Shingrix 10 dose boxes (containing 20 vials)

Each Shingrix vaccine dose must be reconstituted using two vials: one vial containing the Adjuvant Suspension (liquid) and one vial containing the Lyophilized Antigen (powder).

Immunisation providers must ensure that Shingrix vaccine is reconstituted prior to administration.

Order the Shingrix reconstitution resource below by completing the GSK Material Request Form.

New influenza campaign videos

New video advertisements have been developed to raise awareness of the seriousness of influenza, including during pregnancy and in children under 5 years of age, as part of the Department’s 2024 influenza vaccination campaign. Key messages include:

  • Pregnancy: A flu vaccination while pregnant protects you and your newborn for their first 6 months. It’s also safe at every trimester and it’s free for pregnant women.
  • Children: Children under 5 years of age are at a higher risk of complications and hospitalisation from influenza. The best way to protect them is with an influenza vaccine – free for children aged 6 months to under 5 years.

Health professionals’ recommendations and advice play an important role in patients’ vaccination decisions. Health professionals are encouraged to promote and display the campaign materials in patient-facing areas.

Education & Networking

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

REGISTER

26 June 2024 6:00pm – 7:00pm
2024 RSV webinar

The Immunisation Coalition’s update on RSV will provide an overview of RSV epidemiology, disease burden and an update to new RSV vaccines and monoclonal antibody, TGA Registrations and their availability. Consideration is given to the introduction of these preventatives including ATAGI recommendations, surveillance, education and advocacy.
REGISTER (Sans Souci)

27 June 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Practice nurse networking evening

Practice nurses are invited to join us for our Nurse networking evening. A face-to-face event where you can establish connections with other nurses, build relationships, share experiences, and elevate your nursing knowledge. Hear from guest speakers covering topics related to Immunisation and Childhood Development while also enjoying drinks and canapes.