Immunisation

The NSW Immunisation Program provides the community of NSW with protection against vaccine preventable diseases through initiatives targeting infants, adolescents, healthcare workers and older people. The Program involves coordinated efforts by the Ministry of Health (formally the NSW Department of Health), Area Health Services, general practice, local government, educational authorities and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations. The Program is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the National Immunisation Program, through which the Australian Government provides funds to NSW for the purchase of vaccines, and is strongly aligned with the priorities of the NSW State Plan and State Health Plan.

School Based Vaccination Program

NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in a school-based vaccination program.  Parent information kits are sent home to parents early in the school year.  To consent to vaccination, parents/guardians are advised to read all of the information provided, complete and sign the consent form and return it to their child’s school.

Should you wish to request a copy of student vaccination records for any vaccines given through the school program (North Coast Regional Schools only), please complete the Student vaccination Request Consent Form.

In 2019 students will be offered the following vaccines:

Vaccine Year Number of doses
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) 7 1 dose
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 7 2 doses
Meningococcal ACWY 10 1 dose

For additional information, please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Providers

Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions of Africa, Central and South America.  Yellow can lead to serious illness.  It is strongly recommended that all travellers to a yellow fever risk country who are 9 months of age or older be assessed and vaccinated for yellow fever vaccination if appropriate.  To find your nearest authorised yellow fever vaccination provider please click here.

For additional information, please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.

Vaccination Requirements for Childcare

The NSW Public Health Act 2010 contains requirements for child care facilities (early childhood education and care centres), which include that Directors of childcare facilities are to be provided with a vaccination certificate on enrolment of each child.

For additional information please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.

 

Latest News

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2019

Government funded influenza vaccines will start to become available from mid-April 2019.  Annual seasonal influenza is recommended for any person aged 6 months and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.

For additional information, please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.

 

Zostavax® vaccine available now nationally for people 70-79 years

Since November 2016, a free shingles vaccine program has been funded under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for 70 year olds, with a time-limited catch-up program for people 71 to 79 years old until October 2021.

At the commencement of the program, the interest in the vaccine was unprecedented. Early shortages have been addressed and there is now ample stock available to meet ongoing demand under the program.   Zostavax® is available nationally and the vaccine is readily accessible to immunisation providers.

 To assist in promoting the program and ensuring people 70 to 79 years old are protected against shingles, it is now timely that providers:

  • follow up with patients or other eligible people 70 to 79 years old who would benefit from the vaccine and who may have missed out earlier in the program.
  • promote the vaccine to eligible people 70 to 79 years old through displaying the program posters and brochures in your clinic or health care facility.
  • report vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Zostavax® supplies can be ordered through the same process currently used to order vaccines for the NIP through your state or territory Health Department.  For further information, clinical advice and promotional materials for the National Shingles Vaccination Program are available for download online at the Department of Health’s immunisation website.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil® 9 on the National Immunisation Program

From January 2018, the 9-valent HPV vaccine Gardasil®9 (in an age dependent two dose schedule) replaces the 4-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil®), on the National Immunisation Program. Individuals aged approximately 12 to 13 years will be offered Gardasil®9 through school based vaccination programs.

For further information about the school vaccination program please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.

 

Resources

Support and Resources to Assist Hesitant Parents

The SARAH (Support And Resources to Assist Hesitant parents) project, supported by  Immunise Australia, has developed fact sheets addressing commonly held concerns regarding vaccination to assist vaccination providers and parents, please click on the links below to view these fact sheets :

Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation

NCIRS in partnership with The University of Sydney the Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) website for parents is now live. SKAI provides a communication system and resources for healthcare workers and parents/carers of babies and young children.  The SKAI parent site contains information about vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program, as well as the recommended scheduled to view the website click here.

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