Immunisation Resources

 

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NSW Immunsation Program
Immunisation in NSW

Immunisation Toolkit for General Practices

This Toolkit was developed to support general practices to implement the NSW Immunisation Program.

NSW Health have developed this Toolkit to support general practices

 
NIP: National Immunisation Program
Funded vaccines
NIP vaccines (NIP funded)
Funded catch-up vaccine (NIP funded)
Funded NSW vaccine (NSW Health funded) 
Recommended vaccines (funded and non-funded)
Recommended vaccines
Additional recommended vaccines for at-risk patients
Clinical information
Australian Immunisation Handbook
Zostavax
Gardasil
Pneumococcal
Meningococcal
Measles

 

ANAPHYLAXIS
Anaphylaxis Kit

Minimum requirements for an anaphylaxis kit:

  • Anaphylaxis response kit - requirements as per Australian Immunisation Handbook
  • One kit per treatment room
  • Check adrenaline expiry date 
Anaphylaxis e-Training

The ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training course for health professionals 2021

  • This course was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
  • This free anaphylaxis course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for all health professionals, including medical practitioners and nurses.

Download resources 

GP requirement: Basic Life Support
AEFI 
Adverse Events Following Immunisation

Reporting AEFIs

Resources

Vaccine Safety
Vaccine safety 

COVID-19 vaccine safety

General vaccine safety & resources 

  

VACCINE ERRORS  
Advice on Vaccine Errors
  1. Advice retlating to patient:

    • Open disclosure of the incident to the patient/parents of the patient.
    • Inform patient of any expected side effects and possible remedies to help with side effects.
    • Arrange follow up appointment for patient with GP - mainly as a health check, but also to maintaining the GP/patient relationship.
    • Give the Patient/Parents HCCC contact details in case they want to report a complaint:
  2. Advice relating to practice:

      • Usual incident reporting process within the practice
      • Inform the practice Insurer
      • Review practice policies/process to avoid error in future
  3. Clinical advice:

    • Send patient to ED if patient clinical unwell
    • Call NSWISS (Specialist Immunisation Clinic) if clinical advice re patient symptoms is required
    • Report AEFI if patients has symptoms - download the AEFI TGA Reporting Form
    • For accidental overdose see below.
  4. For COVID-19 vaccinations, send an error report to Vaccine Operations Centre (VOC):

Accidental overdose
  1. If an accidental overdose occurs, it is recommended to observe vital signs and, if symptomatic, to treat the symptoms. There are no specific overdose symptoms to be aware of.
  2. Follow the above Advice on Vaccine Errors - This error must be recorded through your normal jurisdictional medication error reporting systems.
  3. For more information, the Poisons Information Centre may be contacted on 131 126

 

Catch Up Schedules
VAN: Vaccine Account Number
How to apply for a new VAN

To request new a vaccine account, email your Public Health Unit (PHU) with your contact details:

Which PHU does my practice belong to?
Forms
GP Fax from NSW Health
Vaccine Information Sheet

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.

Vaccination providers should record all vaccines given to patients on the AIR − including children, adolescent and adult vaccines. 

order vaccines
Ordering vaccines 

Order NIP vaccines from the NSW Vaccine Centre, once you have a vaccine account number:

Notifications

MMRV vaccine shortage

The Commonwealth has advised states/territories of a major international supply issue affecting the combination measles, mumps rubella varicella (MMRV) vaccines for children at 18 months of age. It is likely to continue throughout the whole of 2022. The NSW Vaccine Centre has:

  • placed tight restrictions on the quantities of MMRV vaccines that providers can order
  • advised that catch up vaccination of older children should be done with separate MMR and varicella vaccines

The use of the separate vaccines for children aged 18 months should not be needed but may be required down the track if the supply issues are not resolved.