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12 April 2018
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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.

11 April 2018
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Vaccination against flu is the best way to protect you and your children from flu and any associated illness.

6 March 2018
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The ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ campaign has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

23 February 2018
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From early 2018, young Australians have free access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 that protects against more types of HPV infection.

13 February 2018
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Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with five year old children having the highest coverage rates in history. 94% of Australian five year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year old are now fully vaccinated.

12 January 2018
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The best medical advice and research shows that codeine is no better for pain than other over the counter medicines, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said today.

19 December 2017
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The Australian Government launched the 'Get the facts about immunisation' campaign in August 2017 to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

30 November 2017
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Australia's medicine and medical devices regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has decided to remove a number of mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

30 October 2017
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Media statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy regarding media claims about flu vaccines.

27 September 2017
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The Australian Government is committed to immunisation and to ensuring Australia has the best possible vaccination program underpinned by sound evidence and effective vaccines.

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