Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Vax at Home Service

The CESPHN Vax at Home Service provides:

  • At home COVID-19 vaccination for people who are housebound, aged 16 years and over
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

How to access the service:

  • Housebound patients: Upload referral from GP or Local Health District to the Vax at Home Service Online Form. Patient self-referrals will not be accepted. vaxathomeservice@cesphn.com.au for more information
  • Residential aged care facilities: Book a vaccination clinic by emailing racfs@cesphn.com.au

The Vax at Home service aims to ensure that all RACF residents and housebound patients can receive their COVID-19 booster dose in accordance with the 2024 ATAGI recommendations.

National Immunisation Strategy 2025-2030: Public consultation closes 5 June 2024

The Department of Health and Aged Care is undertaking an open public consultation on a new National Immunisation Strategy for 2025-2030.

The public consultation is based on the document – Towards a National Immunisation Strategy 2025-2030 – which proposes a vision, mission, priority areas, and opportunities for action for the next Strategy.

The document also provides contextual information about the current immunisation landscape in Australia. 

Provide feedback via the public consultation online survey which should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will close at 11:59 pm AEST on Wednesday, 5 June 2024.

Measles alert for Sydney

On 21 May 2024, NSW Health was notified of one confirmed measles case who was infectious while visiting several locations in south western Sydney.

The case is a young child who recently returned from the Middle East, where there have been outbreaks of measles in several countries. See affected locations, including two general practices.

Measles vaccine status

Globally, the World Health Organization is warning of increasing measles cases as immunisation coverage declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providers should check that all patients have 2 documented doses of measles vaccine, particularly prior to international travel.

A list of patients who are not fully vaccinated against measles from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Contact immunisation@cesphn.com.au for assistance with AIR report extraction.

New: Mpox Handbook chapter

A new chapter on Mpox (previously known as monkeypox) has been added to the Australian Immunisation Handbook. 

This incudes information about mpox disease, vaccines and recommendations for vaccination.

NCIRS resources: RSV and Flu

RSV frequently asked questions

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has published a Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV): Frequently asked questions (FAQs) webpage which includes key points and FAQs about the disease and immunisations.

Influenza vaccination resources

NCIRS provides influenza immunisation resources and data for health care providers, including clinical resources, FAQs, safety and coverage data, fact sheets and webinars.

Flu vaccines: How to correctly report to AIR

Under the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 it is mandatory for vaccination providers to report all influenza vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Influenza vaccines administered overseas by a recognised vaccination provider can also be reported to AIR.

Recording the correct “vaccine type” for flu vaccines:

  • 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

Immunisation QIA – register your practice

Register your practice to participate in our Immunisation QI Activity: Overdue Childhood Immunisations.

Participating practices will be provided with:

  • An Overdue Report – listing children aged 0 – 5 years living in the CESPHN region who have not completed their childhood immunisation schedule, as recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All children listed on your practice’s report had their last vaccination by a provider at your practice, and no immunisation records have been uploaded to AIR since.  
  • An Immunisation QIA Workbook which provides a step-by-step guide on addressing children on your report, examples of overdue scenarios and how to resolve these.
  • PIPQI documentation – The workbook also serves as a valuable resource for documenting your practice’s participation in continuous quality improvement in collaboration with CESPHN, in accordance with the PIP QI Incentive Guidelines.
  • One-on-one support – the Immunisation team can provide training to both clinical and non-clinical staff to build their skills and confidence to participate in QI activities.

If your practice is not currently participating in this Immunisation QI activity, register here.

Scholarships available: ANI course

Scholarships are now available for the Authorised Nurse Immuniser (ANI) course!

CESPHN is inviting Registered Nurses working in general practice, who are not ANI qualified yet, to apply for the scholarship by completing the application form. For further information about the course and eligibility criteria, please see Immunisation | Nurses webpage.

Updated immunisation resources

The following immunisation resources have been updated recently. Immunisation providers are advised to immediately discontinue use of all previous versions.

ATAGI clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine administration errorsUpdated: 23 May 2024 These guidelines from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provide advice on the management of a range of possible vaccine administration errors, including when a replacement (repeat) dose is recommended.