Changes in the new NSW Immunisation Schedule From 1 July 2018

The new NSW Immunisation Schedule has been released, effective from 1 July 2018. Here is a summary of the changes:

  • Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13): The third dose of pneumococcal vaccine will now be given at 12 months (moved from six month schedule point). Children with at risk medical conditions will receive an additional dose at six months of age.
  • Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix): A vaccine that protects against four serogroups (A, C, W, Y) of meningococcal disease will now be given to children at 12 months of age replacing Menitorix (meningococcal C – Hib combination).
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Act-HIB): The Hib component of the Menitorix vaccine currently administered at 12 months of age will now be given as the monovalent vaccine, Act-HIB, at 18 months of age. Visit the NCIRS website for handy Vaccine Specific Fact Sheets.

The schedule changes, schedule (including A3 poster) and FAQs are now live on the NSW Health website. The vaccine online ordering system has been updated so that providers can order the new vaccines Nimenrix and Act-HIB. Please also note that there are restrictions on orders for Act-HIB vaccine which will be rectified by September.

If a child presents for their 12 months vaccines and Nimenrix is not available, the child should receive all other 12 month vaccines and have another appointment scheduled for Nimenrix as soon as it is available. As the delay in vaccine availability should only be a few days at the most, this shouldn’t affect family benefit payments.

If a child presents for their 18 month vaccines and Act-Hib is not available, they may receive Menitorix instead and should receive all other 18 month vaccines.This advice is available from the National Immunisation Program advice for vaccination providers factsheet and has been included in the FAQs.

In regards to catch-up doses for Meningococcal, we are still awaiting advice and we will let you know as soon as this is available.