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.

Latest News

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.

Free Flu shots for children aged from 6months to under 5 years

From April 2018 all NSW children aged from six months to under five years of age will be offered free influenza shots.  The flu shot will reduce your child’s risk of influenza (flu), minimise the spread of flu and protect vulnerable groups including babies too young to receive the vaccine, those medically at risk and those with weakened immune systems.  For further information please see the NSW Ministry of Health website, or contact your nearest Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 during business hours.

Resources

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 :

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