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World Immunisation Week Update

April 16, 2018

Next week (24 - 30 April 2018) is World Immunisation Week. World Immunisation week aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. To mark the occasion, we're delivering an update on some news in the Immunisation space.

HPV Vaccine (Gardasil 9)


The Commonwealth has released new resources to support the introduction of

Gardasil®9  in a two-dose schedule under the school-based National Immunisation Program (NIP) which began in January 2018. 

An 'Advice for GPs' document has been prepared for GPs.

An awareness flyer has been created for young people in the community about the importance of the vaccination.

ATAGI Advice

The ATAGI have provided advice to states and territories to support school-based immunisation providers with the introduction of Gardasil®9 in a 2-dose schedule. You can view this information on the new health BETA website HERE

Free influenza vaccine available for children less than 5 years

From 2018, the Queensland Government will provide free influenza vaccines for children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age.

The free vaccine will be made available through general practices and other childhood immunisation providers.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Influenza vaccinations for over 65 year olds

The Commonwealth Government will fund two new flu vaccines in 2018 to try to better protect the elderly:

  • Sanofi’s High Dose FluZone vaccine, which contains four times the amount of flu antigen than the standard dose.
  • Seqirus’ (CSL) Fluad vaccine, which contains the adjuvant MF59, a substance that improves the immune response.

For more information, CLICK HERE

In relation to the vaccines available in 2018, Allen Cheng has published an article in The Conversation: "Here’s what you need to know about the new flu vaccines for over-65s" which details information about the flu vaccines available in 2018. 

Department of Health’s new Immunisation Website 

The Department of Health is currently redeveloping its Immunise Australia website. The website is now live with plenty of information in regards to immunisations. In the short-term, the current Immunise Australia website will continue to exist only to host the Australian Immunisation Handbook. Once the project to digitalise the Australian Immunisation Handbook is completed (expected third quarter of this year), the Immunise Australia website will be decommissioned in total.

You can see the new website by visiting

ASID Adult Immunisation Satellite Workshop 

This afternoon workshop is organised by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), in partnership with Surveillance Adverse Events Following Immunisation In the Community (SAEFVIC). 

The topic for the workshop is 'Vaccination is not just for kids': what infectious disease physicians need to know'. 

Date / Time: Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm 

Location: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Who should attend: Adult infectious disease physicians, public health physicians, general practitioners and nurses. 

Content: National experts will present the latest updated information on adult vaccination - specifically, zoster and influenza vaccines, as well as tips on vaccinating immunosuppressed individuals and managing adverse events. 

Registration: To participate, CLICK HERE

New resource from the Immunisation Coalition

The Immunisation Coalition has released new resources regarding Influenza and Meningococcal in 2018. These resources have specifically been created to help guide general practitioners and showcase the importance of yearly vaccinations for Influenza and Meningococcal. 

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