Free Influenza vaccine in 2018 for children aged 6 months to less than 5 years

In Victoria in 2018 the Influenza vaccine will be provided FREE for all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age. For further information and how to access the vaccine please head to our MVEC Free Influenza vaccine for children in 2018 reference page

Thinking about getting your child the Influenza vaccine?

With the roll out of the 2018 Influenza vaccine the following article may help provide some clarification regarding immunising children

The Conversation: thinking about getting your child the flu vaccine?

For further information regarding the Influenza vaccine please refer to our page MVEC: Influenza vaccine recommendations

Menveo® (Meningococcal A, C, W, Y) vaccine shortage

GSK has announced that there is a current shortage in the supply of Menveo® vaccine for the remainder of 2018. Refer to the TGA announcement for further information. For alternate Meningococcal immunisation options please see our MVEC: Meningococcal disease and vaccines page

Changes to the No Jab, No Play legislation

As of February 28 2018, changes to the "No Jab, No Play" legislation have come into effect. Only Immunisation History statements provided by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the accepted proof of immunisation. Previous forms of documentation (eg GP letter or local council statement) will not be accepted. For further information refer to MVEC's No Jab No Play reference page.

AEFICAN.ORG.AU the new national surveillance website

We would like to advise you that the SAEFVIC website address has changed to which is a national surveillance website

*Please note will be temporarily redirected to the new website.


  • Your existing login details will still work on this new website so there is no need to reregister**.
  • Upon signing in you will be automatically directed to the Victorian, SAEFVIC arm which continues to only be accessible by SAEFVIC staff.
  • There is no change to our reporting or follow up services so please continue to report as usual.


New Users

For new users of you will need to register via the Register tab on the homepage. Please enter email address, create password and all other required fields. Subsequent logins will be via the Login tab entering username and selected password. Once logged in your details will be auto filled on the Reporter details page.


If you have any queries you can contact us on 1300 882 924 (Option 1) or [email protected]



The SAEFVIC team


**For those reporters who live interstate and registered a non-Victorian address, you will need to re-register with a Victorian address. The new AEFI-CAN system is state-based so automatically directs users to the portal for the state/territory registered in their account.

Immunisation - Get the Facts

A new campaign has been launched by the Government to encourage parents to 'Get The Facts About Immunisation'.

We know parents want evidence based information to support decision making about childhood vaccinations, so we're making it easier to 'get the facts'.

You can find out more information about the campaign by visiting

Measles alert

Several cases of measles have recently been confirmed in Victoria. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause rash, fevers, cough and in severe cases can result in fatal complications including pneumonia and brain inflammation. Please refer to MVEC for further information on Measles or the Chief Health Officer Alert

The power of vaccinating pregnant women- an interesting article

"Vaccinating pregnant women is crucial, and a way of plugging the "immunisation loophole" and protecting their unborn babies"

Below is a link to an interesting article, published by the BBC, outlining the importance of vaccinating pregnant women



Yellow Fever Update: New Yellow Fever vaccination certificate requirements

Yellow fever vaccine is required for travellers to affected areas in Africa and South America (CDC maps of Yellow Fever regions) and significant outbreaks continue (see Lancet: Yellow Fever: a global reckoning).  There have been recent changes in vaccination requirements, with many countries now accepting life-long validity of yellow fever certificate.  This is in line with WHO Health Assembly recommendations effective from June 2016, following reviews which found a single dose of the vaccine offers protection for life.

The Australian Government is adopting the WHO amendment for the yellow fever vaccine from the 16th of June 2016, with current border control processes in place until this time (Department of Health: Yellow Fever factsheet).

Clinicians can consult the list of the yellow fever certificate requirements for individual countries, including the current accepted period of validity for yellow fever vaccination certificates, on the recent "International Travel and Health" WHO publication (Yellow Fever vaccination requirements by destination)



Alert: Falsified “AMARIL" Yellow Fever vaccines circulating in South East Asia

Families often request administration of vaccines overseas, due to cheaper costs, despite unknowns regarding supply and quality of vaccines.

The WHO has recently issued a statement confirming falsified Yellow Fever vaccines have been circulating in Bangladesh.  The product is able to be identified by a number of ‘falsified elements on the packaging… as well as other inconsistencies through visual inspection”.  No serious adverse reactions have been identified, the broader distribution of the falsified vaccine is not described.  The full details together with images of the product are available on the WHO alert.

Another reason to have yellow fever vaccine in Australia is to make sure you are optimally protected at the time of arrival. As a live attenuated vaccine, it takes 3-4 weeks for the vaccine to produce protection from this serious disease.