'Get the facts about immunisation' - Launch of the 2020 childhood immunisation education campaign

The Governments ‘Get the Facts about Immunisation’ campaign supports parents of children aged 0-5 years and expectant parents in their decision making about childhood vaccinations.

The 2020 phase of the campaign builds upon the success of previous phases with a focus on the importance of vaccinating on time, the protection provided by vaccination, as well as continuing to address concerns around vaccine safety.

The campaign continues to address vaccination uptake in at-risk populations through supplementary targeted media and public relations materials developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and culturally and linguistically diverse audiences.

The 8 week campaign commenced 16 February 2020 and will feature across national television for the first time for greater reach, supported by supported by search, social, online and out-of-home channels.

To find out more and access the campaign materials including posters, brochures and videos, visit the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign website, ‘Get the facts about immunisation’.

Coronavirus: What are viruses? And how do they spread?

Dr Rosalind Eggo of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine explains in this video from the BBC how viruses like the recently-detected coronavirus can spread globally. 

BBC: What are viruses? And how do they spread?

No herd immunity: MenB vaccine 'fails' in school trial

A major study conducted in South Australia with almost 35000 participants has failed to show any discernible difference on herd immunity or throat carriage of Neisseria meningitidis

The study was led by vaccinologist Professor Helen Marshall, who was pleased the vaccine afforded a high level of protection among participants, with no cases of meningococcal disease occuring during the study, compared with 12 cases in the same age group in the two years prior. 

Alongside these findings, results of a UK study were published, estimating adjusted vaccine effectiveness to be 59% with a two-dose infant priming schedule plus a booster at 12 months of age since their publicly funded infant immunisation schedule began using the 4CMenB vaccine in 2015. 

Read the full article here:

AusDoc.Plus: No herd immunity: MenB vaccine 'fails' in school trial 

For further information about meningococcal vaccines, please refer to our Meningococcal disease and vaccines page



Influenza vaccine update for children under 3 years

FluQuadri (0.5 mL) can now be administered to infants and children from 6 months of age - see our updated reference page for details.

Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

Measles in Samoa: how a small island nation found itself in the grips of an outbreak disaster


Samoa's measles crisis continues. As of December 12, there have been 4,995 confirmed cases of measles and 72 deaths. With increasing vaccination coverage the situation is slowly improving.

The following article by Katherine Gibney may help to provide some clarification as to how this disaster occurred.

The Conversation: Measles in Samoa: how a small island nation found itself in the grips of an outbreak disaster 


For further information about measles, please refer to our MVEC page:  Measles

New NCIRS report - Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

NCIRS (The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance) have released two new reports focused on immunisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) has published Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People which is accompanied by a summary report, Vaccination for our Mob.

View both reports here.  

NCIRS are hosting an upcoming webinar – Working together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation; on Tuesday 10 December at 1pm. Katrina Clark (NCIRS National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator) and Patrick Cashman (Hunter New England Health Immunisation Coordinator) will be hosting. Find out more and register to attend the webinar here.

Samoa makes measles vaccinations compulsory after outbreak kills 32

Samoa has declared a state of emergency over its measles outbreak and a mass immunisation campaign is underway. 

According to health authorities in Samoa, the death toll from a measles epidemic has cost the lives of 32 people. Most of the victims were aged under 4, 3 people aged between 10-19 have died and one adult aged in their 30's. The total number of reported measles case has soared to over 2400. 

ABC: Samoa makes measles vaccinations compulsory after outbreak kills 32.

Studies show measles more dangerous than doctors realised

Two recent studies published by British and American researchers indicate that contracting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realised, with findings suggesting that the measles virus destroys immunity that the victim has acquired to other diseases. 

ABC News: Measles more dangerous than doctors realised, destroying the immune system's memory

It's not too late to get the flu vaccine!

Flu is now a year-round phenomenon, according to Victorian health authorities, after a 10-fold increase in infections in 2019. 

The Age: Flu now a risk year-round as horror surge triggers $200 million package 

Pharmacist Immunisers - in the media!

Pharmacists and doctors trade jabs over child flu vax

In recent changes announced by Health Minister Jenny Mikakos parents will be able to take their children aged between 10 and 16 to the chemist from April 2020 to get vaccinated against influenza.

The Age: Pharmacists and doctors trade jabs over child flu vax 

"Allowing pharmacists to immunise people from 10 years of age gives families another opportunity to access the flu vaccine which may overcome time and geographical barriers. It's a great step forward to ultimately improve coverage across Victoria." Annie Cobbledick - Immunisation Pharmacist, Royal Children's Hospital. 

Vaccines have long been available from the GPs and nurses; however, in recent years laws have changed to add pharmacists to the list of health professionals who can give select vaccines without a prescription. However, in states other than Victoria, it might cost you more. 

The Conversation: Pharmacists can vaccinate adults against whooping cough, measles and the flu, but it might cost you more

For further information regarding pharmacist immunisers, please refer to our pharmacist immunisers reference page.