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Key changes to the childhood immunisation NIP schedule with effect from 1 July 2018

June 20, 2018
Immunisation

Key changes to the childhood immunisation NIP schedule with effect from 1 July 2018

Look out for Commonwealth resources providing clinical advice for vaccination providers and consumer information in mid June.

Summary of the 1 July NIP schedule changes:

  • Routine infant pneumococcal vaccination (Prevenar 13®) will now be given at 2, 4 and 12 months instead of at 2, 4 and 6 months.
  • Children at a higher risk will continue to receive this vaccine at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months as recommended prior to this change.
  • The combined meningococcal C conjugate-Haemophilus influenzae type b (Menitorix) vaccine currently scheduled at age 12 months will no longer be given. Instead, it will be replaced by 2 vaccines:
  • A dose of meningococcal ACWY conjugate vaccine (Nimenrix®) given at age 12 months.
  • A dose of monovalent Haemophilus influenzae type b (ActHIB®) vaccine at age 18 months – this is the 4th Hib-

A special Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) discussing Changes to the NIP in 2018 has been scheduled for Thursday 21st June 2018, from 16:00 to 17:30, at Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville.

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