MVEC holiday period closure

On behalf of the MVEC Team, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season with your loved ones.  

Our team will be taking a break and will return in February to provide you with more vaccine education, resources and events in 2023. We'd love to hear from you if there are any specific vaccine topics you would like to see covered next year! 

We also want to say a huge thank you to all our amazing collaborators who have kindly shared their expert knowledge across a number of important vaccine topics and across all of the MVEC platforms this year! 

If you’re travelling this holiday season, stay safe, make sure your vaccines are up to date and pack your sunscreen and insect repellent! 

Save the date for our next Immunisation Skills Workshop on 20th March 2023!

Following the success of our first Immunisation Skills Workshop, MVEC are pleased to announce the date for our next workshop taking place on Monday, 20th March 2023 

This full day interactive, face to face workshop is MVEC’s newest education opportunity designed to educate and upskill accredited immunisation providers on the principles and processes of managing:  

  • effective vaccine communication  
  • error prevention and management  
  • anaphylaxis and acute stress responses.  

In the workshop, attendees will hear from immunisation experts and be able to put their learnings into practice through participation in simulated scenarios.  

The workshop is not a graded assessment but will account for up to 10 nursing CPD hours and up to 20 points of CPD for pharmacist immunisers (including preparation and reading time).  

Venue: The HELP Precinct, The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $290.00 (including catering)  

Registrations will open to the public January 16th, 2023 via our events page.

Updated immunisation reference page: Vaccine administration

Most vaccines available for use in Australia are administered via intramuscular or subcutaneous route, with several being administered intradermally or orally. Administering vaccines via the recommended route and using correct technique is of paramount importance to ensure optimal immune response, minimise side effects and reduce the risk of injury to the patient. 

Our Administration of injected vaccines – correct technique reference page has recently been updated and renamed Vaccine administration to include information on injectable and oral routes of vaccine administration. The Vaccine administration page also incorporates information previously found on the Intradermal immunisation reference page. 

To view the updated page in full, follow the link below:   

MVEC: Vaccine administration  

Updated immunisation reference page: Measles

Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by the measles virus of the Morbillivirus family. 

Infection is characterised by 3-4 days of fever, malaise, cough, coryza and conjunctivitis. A maculopapular rash then develops lasting up to 7 days. Complications of measles infections can include pneumonia, otitis media and encephalitis, which carries a mortality rate of 10-15%.  

Sub-acute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a rare progressive neurological disorder that can develop 2-10 years after an initial measles infection and is fatal in all cases. 

Our measles reference page has recently been updated to include information on measles prevention, precautions and contraindications to vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis. 

To view the updated page, refer to the link below: 

MVEC: Measles