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
Australian Immunisation Handbook
Zostavax / Shingrix
Gardasil
Pneumococcal

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Meningococcal
Measles

 

Other vaccine information sheets

 

 

 

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

What is an AEFI?

NSW Health: What is a serious adverse event?

Health professionals are required to report suspected reactions, known as adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) particularly if they are unexpected or significant.

 

Reporting AEFIs

If a patient has an immediate serious reaction or is unwell in the days after a vaccination, you must report this via:

and

 

AEFI resource for parents

Vaccine Safety
Vaccine safety 

COVID-19 vaccine safety

General vaccine safety & resources 

  

VACCINE ERRORS  
COVID-19 vaccine administration errors

 

ATAGI guidelines on the management of a range of possible vaccine administration errors, including when a replacement (repeat) dose is recommended.

General advice on vaccine errors
  1. Advice relating 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 Emergency Department if patient clinically unwell
    • Contact NSWISS if clinical advice is required (eg revaccination advice)
    • For accidental overdose see below.
  4. Reporting 

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

Clinical tools

Catch-up Calculator (for children under 10 years) - Australian Immunisation Handbook

Catch-up guide: Measles vaccination - NCIRS

Clinical Resources

Guidelines 

 

Funding for catch up vaccines

 

 

ORDERING VACCINES /  Vaccine Account Number (VAN)
Ordering vaccines 

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

Notifications

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.

 

 

How to apply for a new VAN

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

How to update VAN details with the PHU:

Which PHU does my practice belong to?

Forms

GP Fax from NSW Health

 

 

 

VACCINE HESITANCY

 

Vaccine Hesitancy training

SKAI (Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation)

  • Education on Vaccine Hesitancy and Communication strategies for immunisation providers

 

YELLOW FEVER 
Yellow Fever learning module 

 

  • Existing yellow fever practitioners need to complete the learning module every 3 years, and keep certificates on file at the practice for evidence – no need to notify NSW Health.
  • New yellow fever practitioners need to complete the learning module, and notify NSW Health by completing Change of Details form and emailing to MOH-vaccreports@health.nsw.gov.au within 7 days

 

Yellow Fever FAQs 

 

See below information from NSW Health – Yellow fever FAQs

  • We are an existing yellow fever vaccination centre. Who do we notify once existing individual practitioners have completed the course?

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres will be required to maintain a log of all practitioners prescribing the vaccine and evidence that they have successfully completed of the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module. NSW Health will receive a training log to monitor compliance against the new training requirements. You are not required to submit the certificates of completion to NSW Health.

  • We are an existing yellow fever vaccination centre do we need to be reaccredited?

No, reaccreditation is not required.

Existing individual practitioners in your centre are required to complete the course within the next 3 years, i.e.by 26 November 2021. All new practitioners seeking to provide yellow fever vaccination will need to complete the online module before they can prescribe yellow fever vaccination in your centre. Any change of details including change of individual practitioners must be notified to MOH-vaccreports@health.nsw.gov.au within 7 days using the change of details form.

  • How do we notify a change of details for an existing yellow fever vaccination centre?

Any change of details including change of individual practitioners must be notified to MOH-Vaccreports@health.nsw.gov.au within 7 days using the change of details form.

You can contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for any further advice.