Influenza vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The November meeting of the PBAC saw a positive endorsement for the extension of the influenza vaccine program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 -17 years. This decision supports influenza vaccine funding for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people of all ages on the NIP.

Please refer to the link below for further information:

November 2018 PBAC meeting positive recommendations

New vaccine preventable disease fact sheets

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has developed a series of factsheets detailing various vaccine preventable diseases (VPD's). These fact sheets provide information regarding the diseases, the number of cases reported in Australia, as well as rates of hospitalisation and deaths.

The fact sheets can be found via the following link:

AIHW fact sheets



Updated SAEFVIC Reporting Form (Online/ Print)

In support of the environment and sustainability efforts, MVEC encourages online reporting of adverse events following immunisations on; online reporting ensures accuracy of information submitted to SAEFVIC. 
However if a print copy is preferred, an updated SAEFVIC reporting form is now available on the SAEFVIC page.

WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy Webinars

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently hosting a series of webinars exploring specific topics in immunisation monitoring. These webinars are open to anyone with an interest in this area. Further information and details on registration can be found via the link below:

Immunization Monitoring Academy: Webinars

New meningococcal resources

The Australian Academy of Science has released a new video detailing the devastating impact of meningococcal disease.

To access this video, as well as other meningococcal information, please follow the link below:

MVEC: Meningococcal disease and vaccines

Menactra® and Prevenar 13® co-administration

Menactra® should not be administered on the same day as Prevenar 13®. Studies have shown that co-administration may result in a decreased immune response to some of the pneumococcal serotypes. If both vaccines are required, Prevenar 13® should be administered first followed by Menactra® at least 4 weeks later. If these vaccines are inadvertently administered on the same day, Prevenar 13® should be repeated a minimum of 8 weeks later. Menveo® and Nimenrix® may be co-administered with Prevenar 13®.

For further information please refer to The Australian Immunisation Handbook

World Health Organisation- Rabies

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has updated its position on rabies immunisation for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis. The following position paper provides a summary on rabies disease and vaccines and concludes with the current WHO position on the use of rabies vaccines worldwide. The systematic review can also be accessed below. For further information on rabies disease please refer to MVEC's reference page.

Rabies vaccines: WHO position paper - April 2018

Pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis: a systematic review

MVEC: Rabies


Global Vaccine Safety

The Global Vaccine Safety Initiative was set up in 2011 by the World Health Organsiation (WHO) to ensure that all countries had strategies in place to ensure vaccine safety. The latest highlight is available via the following link and has some great information on Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) training in our region (WPRO).

Global Vaccine Safety

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

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