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

20 June 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 […] Find out more

Last flu season ‘deadliest’ on record

4 June 2018
Immunisation
Last flu season ‘deadliest’ on record AGE – Thursday, 31 May 2018 – Page 10 It was one of the worst weeks of Professor David Pilcher’s working life. Late in September last year, intensive care units around the country were flooded by a horrifying number of people experiencing severe complications from the flu . Some […] Find out more

Travellers, basketball teams warned after new measles arrival in Melbourne

30 April 2018
Immunisation
Four teams of high-school basketballers and international travellers are being urged to check for signs of measles, after a passenger who arrived at Melbourne Airport on a flight from Singapore discovered he was ill with the infectious disease. The warning comes at a delay, sparking concerns that others may already be showing early symptoms. The […] Find out more

Measles alert triggered by child who traveled to various places while infected with disease

26 March 2018
Immunisation
A MEASLES alert has been issued for parts of Sydney after an infant who contracted the disease overseas visited various places throughout the city. A MEASLES alert has been issued for parts of Sydney after an infant who contracted the disease overseas visited various places throughout the city. The child was too young to be […] Find out more

Confirmed measles case in Melbourne

21 March 2018
Immunisation
  Key Messages: There have been three confirmed cases of measles in Melbourne in March this year, with the infection likely to have been acquired overseas. The three cases are unrelated. The most recent case was infectious on Saturday 10 March at a number of locations: Qantas flight QF44 from Denpasar to Sydney arriving at […] Find out more

Global measles death rate falls to record low

27 December 2017
Immunisation
AGE – Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 – Page 12 NEW YORK: For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000 – from 2.6 million a year in the 1980s – according to the World Health Organisation. The decline – a public health triumph , as measles has […] Find out more

Deficit-plagued Victoria Legal Aid backs anti-vax mum’s fight

22 November 2017
Immunisation
VICTORIAN taxpayers will fund a mum’s court action to stop her children being immunised following the latest controversial decision by Victoria Legal Aid to run the case. Health experts and government ministers have been left outraged at the decision by the deficit-plagued taxpayer funded legal service to back the mum’s fight against a court order. […] Find out more

No Jab No Play Changes To Crack Down On Rogue GPs

17 November 2017
Immunisation
MEDIA RELEASE 15/11/2017 No Jab No Play Changes To Crack Down On Rogue GPs The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on rogue medical practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised with tough new No Jab No Play requirements. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Families and Children […] Find out more

Schoolkids to get anti-cancer vaccine

9 October 2017
Immunisation
School students will be given a free, improved vaccine that could prevent almost 90 per cent of cervical cancers. An updated vaccine that will protect recipients against almost all cervical cancers will be given free to Australian students. The federal government has approved Gardasil 9 to be given to 12- and 13-year-olds from 2018. The […] Find out more

Rotavirus cases at five-year high in New South Wales, babies most at risk

4 October 2017
Immunisation
New South Wales is experiencing the worst outbreak of rotavirus in five years, and parents have been warned the highly contagious gastro-type illness could harm babies. “We’re a little over 1,200 for the year and we haven’t seen this many notifications since 2012,” said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health’s director of communicable diseases. She said […] Find out more