Commonwealth funded meningococcal ACWY vaccine for teens

Beginning in April 2019, meningococcal ACWY vaccines will be funded on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for teenagers aged 15-19 years. In 2017 and 2018 Victorian teenagers have been offered meningococcal ACWY vaccine (Menactra®) as part of the school based program in a state funded initiative. This change to the NIP will ensure that teenagers across the country can access protection against disease. Please refer to the announcement below from the Minister for Health for more information:

Announcement from Hon Greg Hunt MP: $52 million to deliver free meningococcal vaccine to teenagers

Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) 2018

Thank you for attending the recent CVU on Friday 14th September 2018 at The Royal Children's Hospital. 
Presentations covered for the day are now available for your viewing on our Events page. 

The Australian Immunisation Handbook-online edition

The newest update of The Australian Immunisation Handbook has arrived! It is now an online version ensuring that up to date information is accessible for all, in a format that is easy to navigate. To access the new handbook please follow the link below:

The Australian Immunisation Handbook

Vaccine safety and adverse events following immunisation: a practical approach

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is hosting a webinar on September 19 to provide an overview of common expected and rarer serious adverse reactions following immunisation and their management. For information on how to register please refer to the following:

NCIRS Seminar series: Vaccine safety and adverse events following immunisation

When "ah-choo" Turns to the Flu

When "ah-choo" Turns to the Flu is a selection of case studies published online via How to treat. Exploring some of the more unusual manifestations of the flu, it highlights the importance of considering influenza immunisation in paediatric populations.

Victorian Immunisation Schedule App

Changes to the Childhood National Immunisation Program (NIP) from 1st July 2018 is now available on Vicvax, the Victorian Immunisation Schedule application. Make sure you download the app now.