Immunisation Weekly Update – 26 April 2023

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Vaccination in pregnancy can protect your baby

Babies cannot be vaccinated against influenza until they are 6 months old. They also do not complete their vaccination course against whooping cough until 6 months of age.

Pregnant women should receive influenza and whooping cough vaccines during every pregnancy as it allows protective antibodies to pass through the placenta to the baby. This protects them in their first few months of life when they are most vulnerable and too young to be vaccinated themselves. It is safe to have both the influenza and whooping cough vaccines at the same time, and these can also be given with COVID-19 vaccines.

Partners, grandparents, carers and other adults who have contact with babies should also have the whooping cough vaccine to protect the baby from infection.

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Enhanced AIR042A COVID-19 vaccination report

The AIR042A COVID-19 Vaccination Report is now available for vaccination providers to generate through the AIR site following recent enhancements that were made to improve the usability of the report.

The report provides the relevant COVID-19 vaccination history for individuals who have received a Medicare Benefit Scheme service at a provider’s practice, or individuals who were previously vaccinated by the provider.

Output options include number of doses received in a specified timeframe. For example, an individual has received 0 doses in the last 6 months.

Services Australia will publish an eLearning module for the AIR042A report soon which will include more information on how to use the AIR042A report.

New: Immunisation history statement – COVID-19 and influenza only

A new Immunisation History Statement (IHS) is now available which only shows COVID-19 and influenza vaccination information recorded on the AIR and if there are any immunisation medical exemptions recorded for COVID-19. This provides individuals with more privacy as they can use it as evidence for employment purposes, instead of providing their full vaccination history.

Individuals can view and print their COVID-19 and influenza IHS from the AIR by either:

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time

NSW Health is urging the community to book in for their influenza vaccine as the state’s flu season has now begun, with the latest data indicating influenza notifications have continued to increase. There has been an increase in the number of people who presented to NSW emergency departments with influenza-like illness and required admission to hospital – the greatest increase has been in children. More information on Influenza can be found here.

All adults can get a 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster if it’s been six months or longer since their last COVID-19 booster or confirmed infection (whichever is most recent) for additional protection against severe illness from COVID-19. More advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines can be found here.

World Immunisation Week 2023 | 24 – 30 April

World Immunisation Week 2023 takes place from 24th to 30th April with the theme of “The Big Catch-up.” This week provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of immunisation in protecting individuals and communities against vaccine preventable diseases.

The campaign “The Big Catch-up” is crucial as it arrives at a pivotal moment for immunisation. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on global immunisation efforts, resulting in a backlog of missed vaccinations worldwide.

Overdue childhood immunisation reports

Your practice can help by proactively following up overdue children using an overdue report extracted from AIR by CESPHN. Register your practice’s interest in receiving these reports. The report will contain a list of children who, according to AIR, are overdue for one or more of their scheduled childhood vaccinations. Your practice was the last provider of a vaccination service for the children on your report.

NCIRS Nurse Scholarship – 2023 applications now open

The Karen Orr Nurse Immunisation Education Scholarship 2023, awarded annually, offers a nurse or midwife up to $1,000 in funding to further their education by attending a conference or course to enhance their immunisation practice.

See NCIRS website for more information and how to apply. Applications close on Friday 5 May 2023.

Immunisation education

CAT Plus: Flu vaccine for at-risk patients

About: Learn how to identify and manage patients due for flu vaccine, and at-risk patients eligible for NIP funded flu vaccine using CAT Plus

When: Thursday | 27 April 2023 | 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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NCIRS: HPV in 2023 – latest vaccine recommendations and research

About: A webinar focused on changes to the HPV vaccination schedule and their implications, initiatives designed to maintain high levels of HPV vaccine coverage, and including an in-depth look at the use, effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.

When: Friday | 5 May 2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00 pm

Register for free now