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A public consultation is currently open on proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently published a series of Fact Sheets on vaccine preventable diseases. They provide information about the diseases and their impact in Australia, including the number of cases reported, hospitalisations and deaths.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine doses can now be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This makes it easier for healthcare providers to find information about their patient’s HPV vaccinations.
From 1 July 2018, the childhood immunisation schedule will be updated based on the advice on clinical experts.
Advice on the presence of natural rubber latex in the sheath covering the needle of the Fluad trivalent influenza vaccine. Anyone who has a severe allergy to latex should not receive Fluad.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated) to reduce their chance of becoming ill with influenza.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has provided advice regarding alternatives during supply shortage of the adult formulations of hepatitis B vaccines.