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This post is not the latest immunisation update and therefore may contain information or advice that is out of date. Please see our most recent update here.

Immunisation weekly update – 07 December 2022

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2022 PHN Childhood immunisation coverage data

The September 2022 childhood immunisation coverage data by Primary Health Network (PHN) has been published by the Department of Health for all children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

CESPHN has seen considerable improvement across coverage rates as well as PHN ranking, with notable improvement in the 2-year-old age group. CESPHN will continue to work together with general practices with the aim to achieve the national target of 95% coverage across all age groups.

Access your overdue report

If you practice would like to receive an Overdue Childhood Vaccination Report for your patients, please contact immunisation@cesphn.com.au

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Grant Opportunity – Building Community Vaccination Awareness

CESPHN is offering community organisations supporting individuals living in the region an exciting opportunity to curate a program to support the needs of their communities. An EOI is currently available for the Building Community Vaccination Awareness program, which aims to expand awareness of the importance of vaccination in vulnerable communities. The aim is to build the capacity of community organisations to equip their communities with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about vaccination.

Increasing vaccination coverage rates will contribute to improved health outcomes for people while also reducing unnecessary utilisation of health services, due to less likelihood of people seeking treatment for vaccine preventable diseases.

We have extended the deadline for applications to midday Friday 16 December, for more information and to apply, visit our website.

Meningococcal disease alert

On 5 December 2022, NSW Health reported that a woman in her late teens died from meningococcal disease. This is the third death due to meningococcal disease in NSW this year.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of meningococcal disease – a rare, but serious and sometimes fatal infection. Immunisation providers are encouraged to follow up eligible patients who are overdue for their meningococcal vaccine. For assistance with accessing a list of overdue patients, contact immunisation@cesphn.com.au.

  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for babies at 12 months, adolescents (year 10 school vaccination program), and people of all ages with certain medical conditions.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine is provided free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for Aboriginal children up to the age of two years, and people with certain medical conditions. However, all children from six weeks of age can have the Men B vaccine to reduce the risk of infection via private prescription. 

Tis the season to be COVID-19 safe

The Department of Health has developed a range of posters and social media tiles for residential aged care providers to use to help protect residents from COVID-19.

Posters:

Social media tiles:

Tips to protect against Japanese encephalitis this summer

These videos and posters demonstrate simple and effective ways to protect against mosquito borne viruses, like Japanese Encephalitis, this summer.

Print updated COVID-19 resources

Immunisation providers are advised to discard outdates and replace with latest version – updated on 1 December 2022:

Immunisation Education

COVID-19 response update

  • About: primary care update on the COVID-19 response and the vaccine rollout – key updates and Q&A
  • When: Thursday | 8 December 2022 | 12:00pm
  • Register: Registration not required – Click link to join