Updated immunisation reference page: COVID‑19

We have updated our COVID-19 reference page with up-to-date guidance on currently available COVID-19 vaccines, across age groups.

The newly updated page includes recommendations on the use of the new monovalent XBB.1.5 vaccines and answers to commonly asked questions relating to the new vaccines as well as other COVID-19 vaccine-related queries. 

MVEC:COVID-19


Updated immunisation reference page: Q fever

We have recently updated our Q fever reference page. 

Q fever is caused by infection with the bacteria Coxiella burnetii.  People at highest risk of exposure are those in close contact with animals and animal products. Despite being a vaccine-preventable disease, there are around 500 cases of Q fever reported across Australia every year. 

The updated page provides greater detail on what Q fever is, its symptoms, complications, epidemiology and prevention. 

MVEC: Q fever 


Updated immunisation reference page: Typhoid

We have recently reviewed our typhoid reference page.

Typhoid and paratyphoid fever are collectively known as enteric fever. Caused by bacterial infections with Salmonella enterica subspecies, typhoid and paratyphoid fever often present with prolonged fever and fatigue, headaches, enlargement of the spleen, abdominal symptoms, bacterial blood infection.

Newly reviewed immunisation reference – MVEC: Typhoid


更新免疫参考页:带状疱疹(带状疱疹)

We have recently updated our zoster (also known as shingles) reference page.

Zoster is the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) in people who have previously had varicella (chickenpox) infection. Zoster presents with a painful blistering rash. The most common complication of zoster is post-herpetic neuralgia.

In response to queries that have arisen since the new national Shingrix program commenced, the updated page provides more information about:

  • vaccine side effects 
  • special risk group eligibility for people with blood cancers 
  • pre-vaccination screening for Shingrix. 

MVEC:带状疱疹(带状疱疹)


Updated immunisation reference page: Tetanus

We have recently updated our tetanus reference page.

Tetanus is caused when exotoxins from the bacteria Clostridium Tetani enter the bloodstream and act on the central nervous system. Symptoms include muscle rigidity and painful spasms.

The new reference page includes new details on tetanus epidemiology, and detailed guidance on tetanus vaccination and the appropriate tetanus-prevention management of tetanus-prone wounds.

MVEC: Tetanus


Updated immunisation reference page: Pertussis

We have recently updated our pertussis reference page.

Pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is usually more serious in infants under 6 months, but it can affect people of any age.

The updated page includes new details on pertussis epidemiology and more information about transmission. We have also published detailed guidance and recommendations for primary course and booster vaccinations across age groups.

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更新免疫参考页:带状疱疹(带状疱疹)

We have recently updated our zoster (also known as shingles) reference page.

Zoster is the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) in people who have previously had varicella (chickenpox) infection. Zoster presents with a painful blistering rash. The most common side effect is post-herpetic neuralgia.

The updated page includes new details on eligibility for the upcoming National Immunisation Program (NIP) funding for Shingrix, commencing on 1 November 2023. The page also features commonly asked questions on zoster and Shingrix.

MVEC:带状疱疹(带状疱疹)


Updated immunisation reference page: Varicella

We have recently updated our varicella reference page.

Varicella (chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease caused by infection with the varicella–zoster virus (VZV).

The updated reference page includes more details on varicella symptoms and transmission, a new section on epidemiology and more comprehensive advice on vaccination (including information on side effects, precautions and contraindications).

MVEC: Varicella


Updated immunisation reference page: MTHFR gene

We have recently updated our reference page on MTHFR gene polymorphisms.

The MTHFR gene is involved in the production of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme, which helps the body to break down folate.

People who have MTHFR gene polymorphisms (harmless changes to the gene which are very common) can safely receive vaccines.

The updated reference page reflects up-to-date research showing MTHFR gene polymorphisms do not cause any significant health problems.

MVEC: MTHFR gene


Updated immunisation reference page: Yellow fever

We have recently updated our Yellow fever reference page.

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease which can be transmitted to humans via the bites of mosquitos infected with yellow fever virus (YFV). Vaccination against yellow fever is a requirement to travel to and from certain countries.

The updated reference page includes information on yellow fever epidemiology, transmission and prevention.

Updated – MVEC: Yellow fever