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Mandatory reporting changes to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from 1 March 2024

Legislative changes require vaccination providers to report additional details to the AIR.

Supplies of the Shingrix vaccine

A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, on supplies of the Shingrix vaccine.

Launch of the National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy (NIPVIP) Program

From 1 January 2024, participating pharmacies can receive payment for administering National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines in a pharmacy setting.

National Immunisation Program – changes to shingles vaccination from today

The shingles vaccination schedule under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) has changed.

National Immunisation Program – changes to shingles vaccination from 1 November 2023

From 1 November 2023, the shingles vaccination schedule under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will change.

AHPPC statement – Advice to support safe cruising

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) agreed at its meeting on 16 August 2023 to rescind the current Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) National Guidelines for Cruising in Australia (the CDNA Guidelines). The CDNA Guidelines will be rescinded as of 25 August 2023.

Childhood immunisation – One more way to keep them safe

Learn more about childhood immunisation and how to protect your kids with free routine immunisations.

National Immunisation Program (NIP) changes from 1 July 2023

From 1 July 2023, changes to the National Immunisation Program are coming into effect. This includes listing Vaxelis® as an alternative vaccine for children of a certain age, and the meningococcal B catch-up vaccination program for First Nations children under 2 years of age will be made ongoing.

Protect yourself and your mob from the flu this winter

Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your mob from flu.

ATAGI advice on the preferential use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for primary vaccination of people aged 12 years or older

ATAGI has made recommendations on the use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines as a primary course.

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 update 8 May 2023

In this issue, read about managing COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination booster doses, influenza vaccinations, accessing COVID-19 PCR testing through Medicare, IPC Lead Nurse training grants, PPE winter deployment, and the ACCPA Winter preparedness webinar.

Fighting flu starts with you

Getting your annual flu vaccination can protect you from influenza and its complications. The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

The new COVID-19 and Influenza Immunisation History Statement

From 15 April 2023, you can use the new COVID-19 and Influenza Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register.

New campaign reminds parents and carers about the importance of timely childhood vaccination

The Australian Government has launched a new public awareness campaign.

Top up your COVID-19 protection

The Australian Government has launched a new advertising campaign to encourage adults to get a COVID-19 booster if it has been 6 months or more since their last COVID-19 vaccination or infection.

New provider resources about influenza vaccination for First Nations’ people

Vaccination providers play an important role in offering influenza vaccines for First Nations people. New resources are now available to support vaccination providers in having conversations with First Nations’ families.

2023 National Immunisation Program influenza vaccination – Early advice for vaccination providers

Vaccination against influenza (flu) continues to be important this year. Vaccination is our best defence against flu viruses.

Release of the Australian Government's response to the Review of COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Purchasing and Procurement

The Australian Government has responded to the Halton review into COVID-19 vaccine and treatment procurement.

ATAGI recommendations on use of the Moderna bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine

Recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the use of the Moderna bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine.

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 14 February 2023

In this issue: Message from the Ministers to Aged Care Providers, ATAGI advice on 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster, Webinar – aged care COVID-19 update and more.

ATAGI recommendations on use of the Pfizer bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine

Recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the use of the Pfizer bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine.

Changes to HPV vaccine dose schedule for young Australians

From 6 February 2023 the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine schedule will become a single dose schedule. Catch-up under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will also be extended to all Australians 25 years and under.

Expressions of interest to join the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation

We are seeking expressions of interest to fill 7 vacancies on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), commencing 1 July 2023. Consider applying if you are a clinical professional, researcher, service delivery expert or consumer expert.

Mandatory reporting of Japanese encephalitis virus vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register began on 21 December 2022

From 21 December 2022, vaccination providers must report all Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) vaccines administered to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

A message from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan – October 2022

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan with updates from the nursing and midwifery sector, some personal priorities and highlights, and an insight on what's happening across the Department of Health and Aged Care.
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