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The current edition includes...
- Earlier pertussis diagnosis with smartphone
- Vaccine delivered - act promptly to refrigerate
- Trivalent influenza vaccine 2013
- Adverse event reporting - HPV vaccine secondary school program
- Tetanus - think about older gardeners
- Vaccine storage management
- HPV vaccine eligibility
- Further reading
The risk of complications from childhood diseases like measles is much higher than the risks of immunisation. Vaccination protects against infection, saves lives and protects those who are too young or too sick to be immunised.
TB Control has responded to the TGA recall of Sanofi's BCG vaccine to ensure supply issues are appropriately managed.
The Year 7 vaccine program is changing in 2013. The hepatitis B vaccine will not be given at school. Most Year 7 students will have had hepatitis B vaccine as a baby. If a 12 – 13 year old child was not vaccinated as a baby they can get free catch-up vaccines during 2013. The child should go to a doctor or local council immunisation service. They must have both doses during 2013. From 2014 Year 7 students will no longer be eligible for free hepatitis B vaccine.
An ongoing HPV vaccine program for boys in Year 7 begins in 2013. This will mean that both boys and girls in Year 7 of secondary school will benefit from the Gardasil® vaccine. Year 9 secondary school boys will be targeted for a catch-up Gardasil® vaccine program for two years only. This two-year time-limited school-based program occurs in 2013 and 2014.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommends that revaccination with Pneumovax 23® should only be considered for patients at high risk of serious disease.