Check your knowledge on the July 2020 NIP changes

Developed in conjunction with the Victorian DHHS Immunisation section, MVEC is excited to share the new "July 2020 National Immunisation Program changes" quiz. This quiz aims to check the knowledge of immunisation providers on the recent changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It can be found via our MVEC Education Portal or by following the link below:

MVEC: Quizzes

Africa declared free of wild polio

After 4 years without a case of wild polio, the African region has been declared free of wild poliovirus. MVEC congratulates the efforts of everyone involved in accomplishing such a tremendous achievement which has been described by WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as "one of the greatest public health achievements of our time". This milestone means that Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only 2 countries worldwide who continue to see wild poliovirus transmission.

To read more on this remarkable effort please follow the links:

Africa kicks out wild polio 
WHO: Global polio eradication initiative applauds WHO African region for wild polio-free certification

Zostavax safety advice: not to be administered to people with compromised immune function

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have issued a reminder that Zostavax® vaccine should not be administered to people with compromised immune function. Vaccination in this patient group is contraindicated and can result in infection with the vaccine virus causing mild to severe complications (including death).

Further details on the alert can be seen here: TGA: Zostavax® vaccine

For more information on Zostavax® and access to the Zostavax® GP decision aid please review the MVEC pages below:

MVEC: Zoster
MVEC: Zoster vaccine (Zostavax®) FAQ's