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.


Australian Immunisation Handbook updates

The Australian Immunisation Handbook has recently been updated to reflect changes approved by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, on 20th September 2019. 

A summary of the updates is available at Updates.

Note: Changes include updates to 19 chapters of the Handbook, and various administrative updates to improve the usability of the Handbook, including updates to hyperlinks throughout the Handbook. 


Travelling to a measles endemic country?

For infants travelling to countries experiencing extensive measles transmission, a free dose of MMR vaccine may be given as early as 6 months of age.

For further information, please refer to our updated measles reference page, which also contains a link to the Australian Academy of Science measles information

Australian Academy of Science’s measles communication materials – advice for vaccination providers

The Australian Government in partnership with The Australian Academy of Science have launched a new campaign today to raise awareness about measles targeted at health professionals and consumers. The campaign materials focus on people most at risk of the disease, travellers and people born from 1966.

Read more about it here: Australian Academy of Science’s measles communication materials – advice for vaccination providers

Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) Pinterest announcement: Pinterest & Vaccine Safety Net join forces

VSN is a network of websites providing reliable information on vaccine safety. Last year, the social media platform Pinterest stopped showing results for vaccine searches to tackle the spread of harmful misinformation.

In an announcement last week, Pinterest introduced a new search experience involving 200 vaccine-related search terms with the results curated exclusively by internationally recognized health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Vaccine Safety Net (VSN)!

Read more about it here: Pinterest & Vaccine Safety Net Join Forces

MVEC is proud to be endorsed as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).

Good news: A national influenza vaccine program for under 5s!

The Pharmaceuticals Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended the listing of quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV, Vaxigrip TetraTM) on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for the prevention of seasonal influenza in children aged 6 months to <5 years as well as for individuals who are currently eligible for seasonal influenza vaccination through the NIP in 2020.