Immunisation

Population Health, including immunisation, is a key priority area of SEMPHN. The following is a quick-reference guide for GPs and Practice Nurses on frequently-used immunisation topics, guidelines, tips and support.


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AIR (Australian Immunisation Register)

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

Recording information on the AIR is important because it can be used to:

  • determine a person’s immunisation status, regardless of who immunised them
  • determine a person’s eligibility for some family assistance payments
  • provide an Immunisation History Statement so people can prove their immunisation status for child care#, school, employment or travel purposes
  • monitor immunisation coverage levels and service delivery, which can help to identify regions at risk during disease outbreaks
  • measure vaccination coverage at a local, state and national level
  • There are risks with revaccinating against certain diseases and people can only get some vaccines once. 

Ph: 1800 653 809 for AIR general enquiries

Ph: 1300 650 039 for AIR internet helpdesk

Immunisation Unit, Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government

Ph: 1300 882 008 hours: 9am-12pm and 2-3pm Monday-Friday. 

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National Immunisation Information Line

Ph: 1800 671 811 Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm


Quick-links – resources and tools


Seasonal influenza

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. Advice for immunisation providers about the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines can be found here.

Free influenza vaccinations are available for the following at-risk groups:

  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to <5 years
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years
  • All adults aged ≥65 years
  • All persons aged ≥6 months who have a medical condition which increases the risk of influenza complications
  • Children 6 months to less than 5 years – Victorian state funded program

Influenza vaccination is also strongly recommended, but not funded, for other groups who are at increased risk of influenza and its complications.

More information


Adverse events reporting

For all adverse events reporting, contact Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)

SAEFVIC Immunisation Hotline:

Ph: 1300 882 924 (choose option 1)

Staff attend the line between 9am and 4pm. You can leave a message at other times.


Catch-up vaccination for migrants to Australia, including refugees and asylum seekers

People who arrive in Australia as a refugee or asylum seeker are not likely to be fully vaccinated. This is due to differences between the Australian immunisation schedule and country of origin schedules. People who are refugees and asylum seekers can be vaccinated so they are up-to-date with the Australian immunisation schedule.

From 1 July 2017 refugees and other humanitarian entrants are eligible for free catch-up vaccines on an ongoing basis through the National Immunisation Program (NIP). 

Find more information here.

More information


Catch-up immunisation fact-sheets in languages other than English


Hepatitis B vaccination

These websites have information about Hepatitis B and immunisation, including at-risk groups. Note, on government ordering form there is an additional risk section to order hepatitis B vaccine for the at risk groups.

 


Pregnancy


MSM & IDU vaccination programs


Zostavax

Zostavax® vaccine is free for people aged 70 years plus currently a 5 year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years. 

Actively target the 70 to 79 year old age cohort for Zostavax®. Check the records first to confirm that the patient has not already had a previous dose

Zostavax® contains live attenuated varicella-zoster virus, and is contraindicated in immunocompromised people. Use the Zostavax – GP Decision Aid to identify patients who may be contra-indicated for the vaccine


Keep an eye on the SEMPHN events calendar for immunisation events, and subscribe to the SEMPHN Newsletter for other updates.


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